Pocock's back scare ahead of Irish game
Wallabies flanker David Pocock missed Friday's match-eve training
with a back strain ahead of the weekend's key World Cup pool game
against Ireland at Auckland's Eden Park. Pocock, the only specialist
open-side breakaway selected in Australia's 30-man squad, sat out the
Captain's Run at Eden Park on Friday.
"At this stage it was just a precautionary measure and we'll see how
he pulls up in the morning with tightness in his back," a team spokesman
"We're not sure at this stage whether he will be okay, but we'll see
how he is in the morning."
If Pocock is unavailable for Saturday's game it will present coach
Robbie Deans with a dilemma with backrower Ben McCalman as his likely
"He's just a little tight and we just want to be pretty careful with
him," skipper James Horwill said at the team match-eve press conference.
"He didn't want to push it, but I believe he will be okay after speaking
Horwill said Pocock will make a decision on whether he will take the
field against the Irish in the defining game of the pool for the two
teams. "Pocock will play if he's right and he'll make that call along
with the doctor and the medical staff. AFP