Sydney - Injured Wallabies flank David Pocock will consider sitting out the
spring tour to avoid an ongoing battle with his knee injury and to focus
on being fit for the Super Rugby season.
The ACT Brumbies recruit has been working in the gym for the
past month while the medial ligament in his right knee recovers from the
grade-two strain he suffered in August.
The star No7 is unsure of a return date and said the "very
best case scenario" would be playing the last two games of the
Wallabies' end of season trip to Europe.
Even then he said that maybe too soon for a comeback and he
admitted he would consider continuing his rehabilitation in Canberra to
avoid jeopardising his first campaign with the Brumbies.
"[The knee] is improving, now it's just about pushing it every week and seeing how it reacts," Pocock said.
"The very best case scenario would be playing towards the end of the spring tour but that's maybe not that realistic.
"[Staying here] to get fit is definitely part of the
thinking, you never want to come back too early. I want to make sure if I
do come back and play I'm ready to go.
"We've seen James O'Connor with his hamstring and that's been 20 weeks or so, I want to make sure [the knee] is all right."
The Wallabies will play their final domestic Test of the year
when they attempt to topple the world champion All Blacks in Brisbane
The spring tour begins with a match against France on November 10 with games against England, Italy and Wales to follow.
Pocock has been training in the gym and doing light running sessions to ease himself back on to the field.
His absence has left a big hole in the Wallabies' leadership
with James Horwill and Will Genia also forced to watch from the
However, it has given Michael Hooper a chance to step into
the openside flanker role and the former Brumby has been one of the
Wallabies most impressive players.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will name a 30-man touring squad next week.
With Deans under pressure, a long list of injuries, star
playmaker Quade Cooper criticising the Wallabies set up and John O'Neill
stepping down as ARU boss, Pocock said it had been a distracting
campaign for the Test side.
"It's been a difficult year for the Wallabies and it's hard
not being in the side at the moment and that makes it hard to comment,"
"You just focus on the game coming up and not the peripheral stuff.
"The only way to change people's opinions and to get a bit of
positivity is to win. That's what the guys will be focused on this
Pocock has been training with fellow injured Wallaby Stephen Moore.
Moore still hopes of being fit to join the spring tour
despite his hamstring problem limiting his influence on the Rugby
The veteran hooker was poised to become the most capped rake
in Wallabies history before his hamstring strain sent him to the
Moore is confident the Wallabies can beat the All Blacks in Brisbane and end New Zealand's dominance.
The Wallabies struggled through the Rugby Championships, but got a morale-boosting win in Argentina two weeks ago.
"New Zealand is a good side, we've been close enough but we
just haven't been good enough to win the two games we've played," Moore
"Every team is beatable ... We've got a good record [at Suncorp Stadium], we've just got to have the belief we can win."