Pocock relishing McCaw challenge

Date published: July 28 2015

Wallabies openside flanker David Pocock is relishing the prospect of facing All Blacks legend Richie McCaw on Australian soil when the teams meet in Sydney on 8 August.

Pocock started his first Test since 2012 in the Wallabies' 34-9 victory over Argentina in Mendoza at the weekend and was subsequently named players' player by his team-mates after a fine performance.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika also sang his praises and described his performance as "excellent".

But Pocock knows going head-to-head with McCaw, who is expected to retire after the World Cup in England later this year, is one of the toughest challenges in the game.

The All Blacks skipper showed his clash when he scored the match-winning try in his side's triumph over the Springboks in Johannesburg on Saturday.

"It's always a big occasion playing the All Blacks and he's been right up there for a very long time," Pocock told AAP.

"He's a player I really respect and I relish those moments."