David Pocock on the cusp of return
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.”