David Po­cock on the cusp of re­turn

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Bris­bane:

David Po­cock will push his case for a re­turn in Perth’s Bledis­loe Cup opener as Michael Cheika flirts with the idea of fur­ther changes to face New Zealand in a fort­night.

The world-class flanker has been side­lined by a calf in­jury since March but ran strong on Fri­day and is a chance of re­turn­ing for the Au­gust 10 clash with the All Blacks. His in­clu­sion would add sig­nif­i­cant lus­tre to a side that ground down Ar­gentina in a hard-earned 16-10 de­feat in Bris­bane on Satur­day – just the Wal­la­bies’ fifth vic­tory from their last 17 Tests. Cheika said Po­cock would likely be given a chance to prove him­self for what will be the side’s third-last clash be­fore their World Cup opener in Septem­ber.

“I wanted to stay away from putting a date on it, there’s been too many dates put on it al­ready,” the coach said of the 31-year-old’s strung-out re­turn.

“On Fri­day he ran at full game speed and he’s get­ting ev­ery­thing sorted out so we’ll see how he re­cov­ers.

“He needs to do a whole week with the team and once he’s done that he’ll be right.”

-Rug­byPass

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