Wallaby skipper Michael Hooper believes he and openside rival David Pocock could start in the same Australian team.
The two flankers have been among the form players in Super Rugby this season, playing key roles for the Waratahs and the Brumbies respectively.
And while both have made their name in the 7 jersey, Hooper feels their games contrast enough that they could conceivably play alongside each other for Australia.
“While we are in competition for the same position, I think we have varying games, which is a good thing for rugby and a good thing for a team where we will potentially be on the same side together,” he told Fox Sports.
But while the two would form a potent back row duo at the World Cup, Hooper also understands it may come down to a choice between the two.
“I would say that I can speak on behalf of David in saying that he wants the No. 7 jersey as much as I do,” he said.
“Yes, we are in direct competition but that’s a great thing. There’s plenty of other really good sevens in Australian Rugby at the moment also pushing for that jersey.
“It’s healthy competition. It makes me a better player and I’m sure the other players in Australia would say the same thing.”