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No break for Pocock

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Chris Dutton

David Pocock could return from injury against Wales.

David Pocock could return from injury against Wales. Photo: Getty Images

The ACT Brumbies are preparing for David Pocock to forgo a post-spring-tour holiday to ramp up his pre-season training at his new Super Rugby home.

But first, Brumbies coach Jake White is hoping his marquee recruit gets through his first match since August unscathed when he makes his international return on Sunday.

Pocock is expected to be named on the bench for the Wallabies' match against Wales - the last of their European trip.

Pocock injured his knee in a Bledisloe Cup match in August and injured his calf at Wallabies training two weeks ago.

The Brumbies gave their blessing for Pocock to go on the Wallabies tour but privately feared a rushed comeback could limit his ability to slot into his new surrounds.

But White is predicting the flanker's hunger for work will see him make a surprise appearance at Brumbies training next week.

Pocock is not due back for official duties until January.

''The Wallabies get back on Monday and he should be here on Tuesday,'' White said. ''He's such a fanatical guy that he will want to join us as soon as possible and wants to be part of the Brumbies. Everyone is in awe of how hard he trains and how much work he puts into the game.

''We've said it's not compulsory, but I wouldn't be surprised if he pitches up for a couple of sessions early on.''

White said the Brumbies needed to be cautious with Pocock's workload.

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