David Pocock will make his long-awaited return to Super Rugby this weekend as he lines out for the Brumbies at openside in a mouth-watering clash with fellow rivals the NSW Waratahs in Canberra.
In returning, Pocock will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance and many will be relishing the battle between him and Wallabies captain, Michael Hooper. These two players, on their day, are two of the best back-rowers on the planet.
Both sides will be desperate for a win after suffering from a stop-start campaign thus far and ground will need to be made up on the Melbourne Rebels who are soaring at the top of the Australian conference.
Pocock didn’t feature for the Wallabies or the Brumbies last season after taking a year-long sabbatical before getting some much-needed rugby under his belt with a brief stint in Japan’s Top League. Pocock suffered an injury during his time in Japan and is only returning to fitness now.
Hooper, who will be up against Pocock at the breakdown at the weekend, is pleased to see Pocock back on the field.
“He’s picked a good game to come back, hasn’t he?” Hooper told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I always like playing against Dave. He adds a lot to their team. After being away for a while I’m sure he’ll have a point to prove on the weekend and we’ll do our best to stop that.
“It’s a pretty big slugfest and we know it’ll be going down to the wire.
“It really is a team effort and shutting down someone like David is a team effort, around being smart around the breakdown in particular. I do love these games and it’s why you play. We’re all very competitive and you want to come up against guys who are also equally as competitive and have a point to prove.”