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Australia captain Michael Hooper has said he would welcome the chance to revive his back row partnership with David Pocock at the Rugby World Cup, having been impressed with his fellow openside flanker’s return to test rugby against Samoa.

Coach Michael Cheika had Hooper and Pocock operating as twin opensides at the World Cup in England four years ago, a ploy dubbed the “Pooper” combination which proved successful during the Wallabies’ run to the final.

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