20 Aug 2012

All Blacks expect Cooper back for Eden Park

5:57 pm on 20 August 2012

Having lost skipper David Pocock to injury All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's picking mercurial Wallby first five Quade Cooper will recalled to Australia's test lineup side for the second Bledisloe Cup test in Auckland this weekend.

Cooper was surprisingly left out of the Wallabies squad for first test in Sydney at the weekend but given the poor performance Hansen's expects Cooper will be recalled to try and spark an improvement.

Hansen says he'll know by tomorrow whether prop Tony Woodcock's rib injury will rule him out of this weekend's match.

Meanwhile Will Genia will captain the Wallaby side with Pocock requiring knee surgery.

Pocock unsure how long he'll be out as the surgeon won't put a time frame on his recovery until he's had the operation.