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Pocock in doubt

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LONDON - David Pocock sat out Wallabies' training in London yesterday and remains in doubt for this weekend's clash with England after having scans on a calf muscle.

Pocock attended training on Monday afternoon but was only a spectator along with fullback Mike Harris, who has a minor leg injury.

Brumbies' recruit Pocock was expected to make his long-awaited return from injury at Twickenham on Saturday (Sunday Fiji time) but this latest setback has the No.7 in serious doubt.

Robbie Deans' side has never needed Pocock more after they were trounced 33-6 in their European tour opener against France.

Pocock hasn't played since suffering a knee injury in the opening Bledisloe Cup game against the All Blacks in August.

It's unlikely the Wallabies would take any risks with Pocock, who was resigned to stretching while the squad trained on a rainy London day.

With Harris staying under cover, Berrick Barnes ran at fullback as the backline worked on some set moves.

Barnes, who made his return off the bench against France, is expected to start against England.

The tour has the potential to turn into a nightmare for the Wallabies as they head to Twickenham to face a confident England side who are chasing a third straight Cook Cup win over Australia.

New coach Stuart Lancaster's side ran in seven tries as they destroyed Fiji 54-12 and Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau knows they will be gunning for the Australians.

Polota-Nau says stopping England's offloads will be one of the keys to winning the game.


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