Wallabies star David Pocock said he would do everything in his power to compete in the World Cup, but cannot guarantee he will overcome a rare calf injury in time.
Pocock said it was the right decision to retire from the Brumbies and end his Super Rugby career on Wednesday to prepare for the September World Cup. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy most exciting rugby matches.
The 31-year-old has only played 138 minutes in three Super Rugby games with the Brumbies this season, but his call for a calf has kept him out.
“If I were really lucky to come back for the Brumbies, I would be pushing to do it but I do not think it’s realistic,” said Pocock.
It’s frustrating. You put pressure on yourself to come back, you want to contribute and after talking to Brumbies coach, Dan McKellar. I think the best thing to do is to reduce the pressure and do things right.
I’d love to play next weekend. It’s one of those things rather than setting a deadline, they’re going to put the things I have to do to move forward. You cannot speed up the healing process.
All the specialists we’ve talked to say it’s pretty rare and I really need to do it right and have a little more time than we do. Sometimes I went back to 70 or 80% and I thought I was close enough.
You do everything you can and obviously aim for the World Cup and that motivates you. My goal is to hand the shirt of the Wallabies.
The veteran 77-Test is considered one of the best ballplayers in the world and has spent 13 seasons in Australian rugby with Western Force and Brumbies.
But recurring injuries meant he had only played 43 times out of 100 since entering the Brumbies in 2012 and had missed most of 2013 and 2014 due to a knee injury.
After the World Cup, Pocock signed a contract with the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. He has not decided if he will play for the Wallabies next year.
The Brumbies still have three games to play. They are leading the Australian conference standings and are playing Super Rugby finals for the first time since 2017. Pocock will work with the club in a role off the field.
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