Sydney - Star forward David Pocock is optimistic of being
fit after a month out with a broken hand as the Wallabies look to halt the All
Blacks' bid for a world-record 18th consecutive Test win on Saturday.
The backrower has been out of action since picking up the
injury in Australia's Rugby Championship win over Argentina in Perth last
The setback continued his wretched run with injuries during
a chequered playing career, which has included two knee reconstructions, ankle
and calf trouble and a fractured eye socket.
But he came through a non-contact training session Monday
and is hopeful of being ready for the Bledisloe Cup clash at Eden Park in
Auckland, where Australia haven't won since 1986.
"It's feeling pretty good," he told reporters in
Sydney on Tuesday ahead of testing his hand in a contact session.
"I've done all the rehab that's been required, the last
little bit is the uncontrolled contact, see how that goes.
"Yesterday was good, enjoy training in the rain so
we'll see what today holds."
Fellow flank Sean McMahon's recovery from an ankle injury
has been slower and he is unlikely to feature on Saturday.
"It's a bit of a long shot as you'd expect it was with
the type of injury that it was but I'll just keep trotting away and working on
building the strength back into it and see where that takes it," he told
the Australian Rugby Union website.