McMa­hon for Po­cock

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Pre­to­ria: Sean McMa­hon will start at num­ber eight for Aus­tralia when they take on South Africa in Pre­to­ria to­mor­row. McMa­hon re­places the in­jured David Po­cock and edges out Lopeti Ti­mani for the num­ber eight jersey. It is the only change to the Wal­la­bies start­ing XV which beat Ar­gentina 36-20 in Perth two weeks ago. The last time McMa­hon started for the Wal­la­bies was dur­ing the third and fi­nal Test in Syd­ney in the Eng­land se­ries. He also fea­tured at num­ber eight dur­ing the pre­vi­ous game in Mel­bourne when Po­cock was ruled out be­cause of the frac­tured eye socket he suf­fered in the first Test in Bris­bane. Po­cock did not travel to South Africa and will not play next week in London against Ar­genti­nadue af­ter break­ing his hand. Coach Michael Cheika be­lieves McMa­hon has a chance to make the num­ber eight po­si­tion his own. “He’s a chance,” Cheika told the Syd­ney Morn­ing Herald. “There’s def­i­nitely an op­por­tu­nity (to be a long-term num­ber eight). There’s a few guys there that will be in the mix. Ben McCal­man is get­ting some footy un­der his belt, Lopeti (Ti­mani), there’s a few other play­ers that we’ve got our eye on, but at the mo­ment he’s play­ing in the Test so he’s go­ing to be the front run­ner.” Cheika said McMa­hon might also come into play in the li­ne­outs, an area of his game he has been work­ing hard on and praised his phys­i­cal ap­proach. “He’s done a lot of work on his jump, so we feel con­fi­dent for him to be able to per­form on the li­ne­out as well,” he added. Aus­tralia: 15 Is­rael Fo­lau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Bernard Fo­ley, 11 Reece Hodge,10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Ge­nia, 8 Sean McMa­hon, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Cole­man, 4 Rob Sim­mons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio Re­place­ments (one to be omit­ted): 16 James Han­son, 17 James Slip­per, 18 Tom Robert­son, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Scott Fardy, 21 Lopeti Ti­mani, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Te­vita Kuridrani, 24 Sefa Naivalu. Planet Rugby

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