David Pocock’s chances of playing at this year’s World Cup have risen after the former Wallabies captain safely negotiated his first match since a knee reconstruction.
Pocock scored a try for the Brumbies in a pre-season warmup match at Perth on Friday against Australian Super Rugby rivals the Western Force. He played 60 minutes at openside flanker in the match won 31-21 by the Force.
Pocock had just established himself as Wallabies captain in 2013 when he suffered a knee injury which ended his season and led to reconstructive surgery. He returned in 2014 but suffered a similar injury which again required surgery.
“It’s been a long time out and it’s always good to get that first one out of the way. I was just happy to get through it and be back out there playing for the team,” said Pocock.