Pocock set for return to action

Date published: March 18 2015

David Pocock is set to make his return from injury this weekend when the Brumbies travel to face the Waratahs in Sydney.

The Wallaby openside has had a torrid time with injuries over the last two seasons, and picked up an ankle knock on his return to action in the Super Rugby opener against the Reds.

However he should be ready to go in Sydney, and is expected to be named on the bench. That means he will have to wait a little longer to face up against current Australia skipper and openside rival Michael Hooper.

There will be added spice to the encounter with the Brumbies currently top of the Australian conference and looking to prove a point to Tahs and Australia boss Michael Cheika.

However prop Ben Alexander, who has been in prolific try-scoring form in recent weeks, insists international selection is not a priority for the side at the moment.

"We just want to win … by no means are blokes going out there to prove something to Cheika," Alexander told Fairfax Media.

"Blokes are just going out there to do their job and the selection stuff will just take care of itself. If you're trying to impress someone, you lose track of what the team needs you to do.

"You've got to practise all aspects of the game … you've got to make sure you've got a plan B and you come in with a balanced approach.

"We're going to get a major test in all areas this weekend, especially in physicality. We don't care who scores, as long as the team is winning.

"I've got to keep working on scrummaging, my leg drive and physicality. This weekend will be the best test to see whether our physicality is up to scratch."