Wallabies looking for captain number five
James Mortimer 23 Sep 2012 Getty Images
struck the halfback.
Which resulted in veteran Nathan Sharpe answering his second SOS for the Wallabies.
The first was coming out of 'test retirement' to cover a locking crisis for the Wallabies.
Technically Horwill and Pocock could, if they beat their recovery windows, be back to lead the Wallabies in Europe, but based on recent injury returns for Australia, there isn't massive enthusiasm that the two forwards will be back in time.
They also do not have the benefit of playing in club competition to prove their fitness.
This leaves few candidates, but one player who could become the second back to lead his country this year is Pat McCabe, even if he told the Sydney Morning Herald it was not likely.
'I don't think so,' McCabe said.
'I'm sure they'll find someone better than me. If I'm the best option then that's a worry.'
Other potentials are Benn Robinson and Berrick Barnes, both with captaincy experience with the Waratahs, while James O'Connor is another member of the Wallabies leadership group.
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