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David Pocock cruelly ruled out of another Super Rugby season after knee surgery
The Australian flanker will miss another season due to a re-rupturing of his cruciate ligament.

AUSTRALIAN OPENSIDE FLANKER David Pocock has cruelly been ruled out for the rest of the 2014 Super Rugby season after undergoing reconstruction surgery on his left knee.

The 25-year-old had an arthroscopic procedure on Wednesday morning in Canberra, when it was confirmed that he had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament [ACL]. Pocock suffered the injury during the Brumbies’ 27-14 victory over the Western Force last weekend.

The Zimbabwe native sustained exactly the same injury early in 2013, and subsequently missed the remainder of last season after surgery. His comeback in the Brumbies’ opening two games of this year’s Super Rugby had offered hope that Pocock could return to his peak level of form, but the re-rupturing of the ACL is a major setback.

A world-class flanker when fully fit, Pocock was greatly missed by the Brumbies and the Wallabies in 2013. The former Force back row has twice been a finalist for the IRB’s International Player of the Year award and won Australia’s prestigious John Eales Medal in 2010.

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Brumbies Director of Rugby, and ex-Munster forwards coach, Laurie Fisher shared his disappointment over the news with the club’s official website, before pointing out that Pocock is young enough to make a full-scale return to action.

Having worked so hard to get himself back to peak physical condition over the last 12 months it’s impossible not to feel for David. Only yesterday he was speaking about how much enjoyment he’d been getting out of his rugby this year so to have him sitting out the rest of our campaign is bitterly disappointing for him and the rest of the team.

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“What we must remember is that David is still young and will have more opportunities to play professional rugby in the future. Guys like Ben Mowen and Christian Lealiifano are living proof that you can make a successful comeback from a recurring injury and I’d expect to see David bounce back in the same way.”

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