Fractured hand rules Pocock out

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:27

NEWS: Wallaby star forward David Pocock will miss the rest of the Rugby Championship.

He fractured his hand in Australia's 36-20 win over Argentina in Perth at the weekend.

Scans on Sunday confirmed the fracture, ruling Pocock out of the Wallabies' final two Rugby Championship Tests - against South Africa in Pretoria and Argentina in London early next month.

The setback continues Pocock's wretched run with injuries during his chequered playing career - which include two knee reconstructions, ankle and calf trouble and a fractured eye socket.

Team officials said Pocock has a chance to play for the Wallabies in the third Bledisloe Test against New Zealand in Auckland on October 22.

Pocock, who is being played at No.8 this season with Michael Hooper at openside flank, wanted to keep going in this past Saturday's Test against the Pumas, but Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he had to come off the field.

"It was quite swollen, so it was hard for him to move his hand," Cheika told reporters.

"He wanted to play through but I had to take him off."

Australia's win over Argentina - after leading 21-0 in the opening 12 minutes - was Pocock's last match at home ahead of his planned 2017 sabbatical from the game.

Sean McMahon and his Melbourne Rebels teammate Lopeti Timani are in line to take over Pocock's spot at the back of the Wallabies' scrum.

The Wallabies have a week off before travelling to Pretoria to face South Africa on October 1.

New Zealand have already secured this year's Rugby Championship title, but the battle for second spot remains open.

The Wallabies are currently second after their back-to-back home wins over South Africa and Argentina.

Cheika is expecting the Springboks to be difficult to beat in the Pretoria return match.

Australia have lost each of the six Tests they have played against the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld, including a horror 61-22 mauling in 1997.

"We have to work out a really good plan against the South Africans," Cheika said.

"It will be a cauldron in Pretoria."

"We are a team that enjoys going on the road. I have been really pleased with the lads, even under fire they have been very solid.

"There is a good feeling in the camp and there always has been and that's really positive for us.

"We want to show people how motivated we are inside each individual."

Agence France-Presse

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 12h30 Ellis Park Stadium
Wed, 31 May 2017
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 6 6 0 0 30
Australia 6 3 0 3 14
South Africa 6 2 0 4 10
Argentina 6 1 0 5 5