David Pocock ruled out of Wallabies clash against Springboks
David Pocock has been ruled out of the Wallabies side against South Africa on Saturday night due to a neck injury.
Pocock has been suffering ongoing soreness and stiffness following the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland last month.
It was thought at times the All Blacks used illegal neck rolls to shift him from the ruck.
Tom Decent, Fairfax Rugby writer says it a major blow a day out from the game against the Springboks.
“Michael Cheika yesterday when quizzed about David Pocock’s fitness and his neck injury, he didn’t seem very assured, and clearly the Wallabies medical staff this morning made a late call,” he told James Willis on Halftime.
“Perhaps not what they need a day out from a game considering it is win at all costs.”
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Speaking at a press conference this morning, Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper says the club and coaches sent video of the incident to World Rugby.
“As far as we know, they said it doesn’t meet the red card threshold.
“Neck injuries are a pretty big part of the game, you want to be protected and safe and that’s what this is about, player safety.
“So it’s now cost us David having to sit out.”
He has been replaced in the starting lineup by Pete Samu, who is not a noted No 8.