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Pocock injury adds to Wallabies' woes

Mon August 20, 2012 7:53am

THE Wallabies' hopes of regaining the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in a decade have become even more of an impossible dream after discovering their Test captain, David Pocock, may miss the rest of the season.

Pocock suffered knee cartilage damage during the 27-19 loss to the All Blacks and he will see a surgeon in Sydney this morning to determine how long he will be sidelined. If surgery is required, the exceptional Test openside flanker will not be seen again during the inaugural Rugby Championship.

This is a devastating blow for the Wallabies, as it follows the loss of their original captain, James Horwill, before the June domestic Test series against Scotland and Wales. Horwill is also not expected to return until late in the year.

Pocock's expected absence in Auckland on Saturday means Will Genia would take over as Wallabies captain, while his No.7 jersey is expected to be filled by Michael Hooper, with Liam Gill the most likely to move onto the bench.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said yesterday that Pocock hurt his knee just before half-time but decided to finish the game.

''I saw David being assessed at half-time and had a quick yarn with him. He said: 'No problem.' So he carried on. He played throughout the game and appeared to be fine,'' Deans said.

Pocock had been a revelation as a Test captain this season, while his duel with opposing All Blacks flanker and captain Richie McCaw was expected to play a major role in determining who will end up with the Bledisloe Cup this year.

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