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    Pocock heads home as calf injury won't clear

    2019-04-22 07:37

    Sydney - Wallaby flank David Pocock is returning home from South Africa with an injured calf muscle that will keep him out of a sixth-straight Super Rugby match.

    Pocock's Brumbies, who beat the Stormers 19-17 in Cape Town on Saturday, say the move is precautionary.

    Pocock, who will be a key member of Australia's Rugby World Cup squad this year, has played only 138 minutes over three games this season.

    The team hopes the 30-year-old will be fit for the Brumbies' home match against the Auckland-based Blues on May 4.

    Meanwhile, the career of Australia's oldest Super Rugby player, 38-year-old Brumbies hooker Josh Mann-Rea, may be over after he injured his knee against the Stormers.

    Mann-Rea is returning home and back-up hooker Connal McInerney will join the team in Buenos Aires for their next match against the Jaguares.

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