David Pocock In Race To Be Fit For World Cup
Star Wallabies openside flanker David Pocock is in a race against time to overcome a calf muscle injury ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The injury confined Pocock’s season with the Brumbies, who are in Buenos Aires for their Super Rugby semi-final against the Jaguares on Friday.
Pocock told Rugby Australia’s official website that he was working with the deputy director of Australia’s Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, Craig Purdam.
Purdam was previously chief physiotherapist for the AIS and attended five Olympic Games and had worked with nearly every Australian athlete of note over his 35 years in the role.
Pocock said: “There are few people in Australia who know more about calves and ankles than ‘Purds’ so his knowledge has been invaluable.
“It’s taking the first phases a little bit more conservatively.
“It’s coming along slowly. I think we have a really good plan and I am sticking to that and progress and tick a few boxes that we need to tick.”
Pocock’s injury is rare in that involves muscle failing to fully knit.
He said he was unsure if he would be recovered in time to play in the Rugby Championship which starts for Australia when they play the Springboks in Johannesburg on July 21.