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Pocock helps from sidelines

Injured Brumbies No.7 David Pocock is doing his bit to help the Wallabies.

Injured Brumbies No.7 David Pocock is doing his bit to help the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images

He can't run and won't be on the field, but star flanker David Pocock is preparing to increase his workload to take pressure off his Wallabies teammates as they chase history against the British and Irish Lions. He will miss a once-in-a-career opportunity when the Wallabies take on the Lions in a three-Test series in June and July after having a knee reconstruction in March.

But while a trip to Thursday Island this week is a world away from the on-field preparations, it's part of Pocock playing his role in ''alleviating the extra commitments'' on the squad for the blockbuster two months.

Instead of fine-tuning his game to help lead the Wallabies and playing for the ACT Brumbies against the Wellington Hurricanes, Pocock was king of the kids at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School on Thursday Island.

The trip to the island off the northern tip of Queensland with Wallabies great Glen Ella was part of a Walla Rugby Week prize and National Reconciliation Week.

And as Australia's premier No.7 continues his recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, Pocock is desperate to still be a part of the Wallabies campaign.

''I see my role as being able to alleviate the extra commitments that come with the Lions tour, I'll do things the starting 22 usually have to so I'll take that hit,'' Pocock said.

''That will free up guys like James Horwill and Will Genia to focus on the Test matches. We haven't nutted out the finer details at the moment, but I'll be doing my rehab program while guys are training and then outside of that helping with bits and pieces.''

Far removed from the racism in the AFL surrounding Collingwood president Eddie McGuire and his comments relating to Sydney star Adam Goodes, Pocock and Ella were breaking down barriers on Thursday Island.

They hosted coaching clinics and a question-and-answer session at a school where most students have to travel an hour by ferry from Hammond Island to get to class.

For Pocock it was a good way to take his mind off having to miss a series he's been looking forward to since making his Wallabies debut in 2008.

''You realise how hard it is for kids in those remote communities to have access to the same opportunities that kids in the cities take for granted. It's a pretty different way of life,'' Pocock said.

Pocock expects Lions skipper Sam Warburton - who he came up against in the Wallabies' battles with Wales last year - to be the visitors' ''go-to man''.

With Pocock out for the season and great George Smith also battling a knee injury, Liam Gill and Michael Hooper are the Wallabies' openside flankers who will be tasked with taking on Warburton.

''It's a great core group of players [for the Wallabies] … with the quality group we'll have going into the Lions series, it's a lot less about who's on the field and the attitude the group has,'' Pocock said.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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