Rugby

Moore wants England victory for Pocock

2016-12-03 08:48
Stephen Moore (Getty)

London - Australia captain Stephen Moore wants his Wallaby side to send David Pocock into his break from Test rugby with a victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Pocock, one of the world's leading back-rows, is set to take a sabbatical from the international game until June 2018, with a six-month break taking place between two stints with Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights.

"David Pocock will want to go out in the right fashion and the team wants to send him out in the right fashion," Moore said Friday of the 28-year-old, capped 65 times by Australia.

"He's been a big contributor to the team this year and has made the decision to take some time off, so we want to make it a good finish for him," he added.

England whitewashed the Wallabies 3-0 in Australia in June after completing a Six Nations Grand Slam.

They are on a 13-game unbeaten run, the last 12 victories all coming under the guidance of their Australian coach Eddie Jones.

But were Australia to snap the run England have enjoyed under former Wallaby boss Jones, they would replace their opponents in second place in the world rankings.

"There's extra motivation, not because we're playing England but because we want to do well for ourselves and our country," Moore said.

The hooker added: "This is the last time this group will have played together as a team and we've put a lot of emphasis on that."

Australia's last match against England at Twickenham saw them win 33-13 as they knocked the hosts out of the 2015 World Cup.

"I'm not sure we gave them a hiding then because that was genuinely a tough game," said Australia coach Michael Cheika.

"It was a good night, but we've had some tough games with them since," added Cheika, whose side enjoyed a 36-20 Rugby Championship win over Argentina at Twickenham in September.

"Twickenham is a great place to play rugby with a passionate crowd and when you see the little pockets of gold (Australia) shirts, you gravitate towards them because you need all the help you can get when you're in the lion's den."

Teams:

England

15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Mako Vunipola

Substitutes: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ben Te’o, 23 Henry Slade

Australia

15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Lopeti Timani, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 David Pocock, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Henry Speight

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