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Auelua a fan of everywhere man Pocock

Brumbies flanker David Pocock.

Brumbies flanker David Pocock. Photo: Melissa Adams

It was not until Fotu Auelua saw footage of David Pocock's ACT Brumbies debut against the Queensland Reds that he realised just how much work the Wallabies captain did.

And the Brumbies are expecting Pocock to be even more influential in his second game, against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Auelua came off the bench and slotted into the back row with Pocock for the first time on Saturday. The human wrecking ball was impressed by what he saw and his respect only grew when he reviewed the game.

Brumbies recruit David Pocock has gained the respect of his teammates.

Brumbies recruit David Pocock has gained the respect of his teammates. Photo: Melissa Adams

He thought Pocock's ability to get to seemingly every breakdown and his knack of stealing the ball at critical moments of the game would be crucial to the Brumbies' success this year.

''[Pocock] is a world-class player and you don't really see what he's doing on the field until you revisit the game,'' Auelua said. ''Just to know that you've got a player beside you like Pocock - it gives you a lot of … confidence … He'll do his job and do it really well.''

Fellow back-rower Peter Kimlin agrees. ''I think the thing about world-class No.7s is you don't notice them on the field because they're just everywhere,'' he said. ''It's pretty similar to George Smith in that way - every game he got points from every single player because he was so dominant in everything he did.''

Auelua managed 29 minutes off the bench against the Reds and is hoping for more in Melbourne. But he realises there is plenty of competition for spots in the back row, and if his role is to come off the bench and be a ''hitman'', then so be it.

The 29-year-old is competing with Kimlin and Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen to get into the starting line-up. Pocock and whoever are chosen will form a powerful back row that will use its physicality as a weapon.

Against the Rebels they face Welsh international and Melbourne captain Gareth Delve and Wallabies blindside flanker Scott Higginbotham.

It's set to be an even more physical contest than against the Reds - and physicality is a part of the game Auelua relishes.

''We've got to approach every game with the same mentality that it is going to be a physical battle up front. Each week we've got to prepare for each team pretty similarly.''

If Brumbies coach Jake White picks the same starting back row for the Melbourne game, then Kimlin will be up against the 23-cap Higginbotham.

A good showing by the big red-headed Brumby could put himself in the frame to add to his two Test appearances, made before injury halted his career.

Kimlin is off-contract at the end of the season and is reviewing his options. He is considering a move to either Europe or Japan, but a Wallabies call-up could help keep him in Canberra a bit longer.

''It should be good [playing against Higginbotham] - not just him but the Rebels in general,'' Kimlin said. … I think they'd strike themselves as a bit of an aggressive, forward-dominant team. I like to test myself against that, that's for sure.''

Meanwhile, an ultrasound has cleared Brumbies flyer Henry Speight of anything more serious than bruised ribs, keeping him in the selection mix. Speight left the ground on Saturday night in an ambulance with suspected broken ribs, but now has until Thursday to prove his fitness. If he does not recover in time, the Brumbies have a ready-made replacement in rugby league convert Joe Tomane.

FRIDAY

Super Rugby, round 2: Melbourne Rebels v ACT Brumbies at AAMI Park, 7.40pm.

TV time: Live on Fox Sports 2.

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Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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