21 Sep 2011

Pocock in line to return for Wallabies match against USA

8:41 am on 21 September 2011

The Australia flanker David Pocock is making a good recovery from this back injury but it's still too early to tell if he'll be available for the Wallabies World Cup pool match against the United States in Wellington on Friday night says assistant coach David Nucifora.

Pocock was a late withdrawal for Australia's Pool C loss to Ireland at Eden Park on Saturday and his absence proved a major blow for the Wallabies, who lack a specialist openside flanker as back-up in their squad.

Australia's loss to Ireland has put greater weight on winning their final two pool matches against the U.S. and Russia to qualify for the quarter-finals as one of the top two teams in Pool C.

Nucifora though says they won't be rushing Pocock back.

The Australian and USA teams will be named on Wednesday afternoon.