Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is confident that David Pocock will show his best form for Australia once he makes his return from injury.
Inspirational flanker Pocock has been out of action for six months due to a troubling calf injury but he was named in Michael Cheika’s extended squad for this weekend’s clash with the All Blacks in Perth.
This suggests that he is closing in on a return and it would be a huge boost to Australia if the 31-year-old managed to get some game time before the beginning of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
“I don’t know as far as how his leg is tracking along,” Hooper said.
“They’re going to do the right due diligence on that and get him back on the field as soon as possible and make sure it’s going to be a continual thing.
“So I’m not sure when that is going to be but he looks in great shape. I’m sure when he does get back on the field he’ll kill it.”
The Wallabies are looking to generate some form and positivity before they travel to Japan after a disastrous 2018.
They began their 2019 Rugby Championship campaign with a loss to the Springboks in South Africa before grinding out a victory against an ever-improving Argentina in Brisbane.
This weekend’s match in Perth forms the first of two Bledisloe Cup fixtures, the second of which takes place at Eden Park in Auckland on August 17.
Cheika’s side finalise their World Cup preparations with a Test match against Samoa on September 7.