Pocock in doubt for Australia vs Ireland in RWC

Wallabies flanker David Pocoack is in doubt for Australia’s crucial Rugby World Cup Pool C clash with Ireland on Saturday.

Pocock sat out of the Captains run at Eden Park as a precautionary measure and will be reassessed in the hours before the game.

The Twenty-three-year-old back row is the only specialist openside in Australia’s squad and was recently hailed by All Black great Josh Kronfeld as the best seven in the game.

“At this stage it was just a precautionary measure and we’ll see how he pulls up in the morning with tightness in his back,” a team spokesman said.

“We’re not sure at this stage whether he will be okay, but we’ll see how he is in the morning.”

If Pocock does not come through the fitness test coach Robbie Deans may call in backrower Ben McCalman.

“He’s just a little tight and we just want to be pretty careful with him,” skipper James Horwill told the Telegraph.

“He didn’t want to push it, but I believe he will be okay after speaking to him.”

“Pocock will play if he’s right and he’ll make that call along with the doctor and the medical staff.

“If he’s right he will give it his all and he’s sort of guy that if he feels he can’t get out there and play then obviously he won’t play.”

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