Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup clash
Australia: Kurtley Beale, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne, Anthony Faingaa, Digby Ioane, Berrick Barnes, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, David Pocock (c), Dave Dennis, Nathan Sharpe, Sitaleki Timani, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota Nau, Benn Robinson.
Replacements: Stephen Moore, James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Radike Samo, Michael Hooper, Nick Phipps, Drew Mitchell
Quade Cooper has been omitted from Australia’s 22-man squad for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand.
Incumbent No. 10 Berrick Barnes has been selected, with half-back Nick Phipps and recalled outside back Drew Mitchell the only backs named on Australia’s bench. Cooper has played just five Super Rugby games since returning from knee surgery, and coach Robbie Deans insists he is not yet ready for the international stage.