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David Pocock and Michael Hooper will combine in the back row for the first time this year when two-time champion Australia opens its Rugby World Cup campaign against Fiji on Saturday.
Pocock has missed most of the season because of injury but returned in a warm-up match against Samoa and did enough to earn his place in the back row at the expense of Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, shifting to the blindside flank.
Hooper will start on the openside and Salakaia-Loto is expected to come in off the bench. Two of the best openside flankers in the game, Pocock and Hooper have regularly combined in the backrow to give Australia speed to the breakdown.
Christian Lealiifano retained his spot at first-five in favour of Bernard Foley, who was left out of the match-
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