Pocock pursues World Cup dream

Date published: November 25 2014

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Australia flanker David Pocock has set his sights on being ready for the World Cup as he tries to recover from a knee reconstruction.

Australia flanker David Pocock has set his sights on being ready for the World Cup as he tries to recover from a knee reconstruction.

The 26-year-old has barely played over the last two seasons, with two knee reconstructions limiting him to just five appearances altogether.

He has now made his return to training however, as the Brumbies start their preparation for the new Super Rugby campaign.

That training is being headed up by Brumbies contact coach Peter Ryan, a former NRL and Super Rugby champion who underwent five knee reconstructions during his career.

And with Ryan as an example, Pocock is optimistic that he will be able to make a full recovery and return in time for next year’s World Cup.

“Our new contact coach, Ryno, he had five recos, so guys definitely do come back from a double knee reconstruction,” Pocock told Fairfax Media.

“[Waratahs forward] Dave Dennis has done it, it’s not that extraordinary.

“It’s a relief and it’s also satisfying to look back over the rehab and to see how far you’ve come.

“[The World Cup] is definitely a goal, especially after two years of not much rugby at all.

“I’m just keen to get out there for the Brumbies and wanting to do well for them. As a player, that’s always been my way to look at it.

“You try and perform for your Super Rugby team and selection takes care of itself if you’re in the right form.”

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