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Pocock might miss Wallabies spring tour

David Pocock has been training with the Brumbies in Canberra.

David Pocock has been training with the Brumbies in Canberra. Photo: Karleen Minney

Injured Wallabies flanker David Pocock will consider sitting out the spring tour to avoid an ongoing battle with his knee injury and to focus on being fit for the Super Rugby season.

The ACT Brumbies recruit has been working in the gym for the past month while the medial ligament in his right knee recovers from the grade-two strain he suffered in August.

The star No7 is unsure of a return date and said the "very best case scenario" would be playing the last two games of the Wallabies' end of season trip to Europe.

Even then he said that maybe too soon for a comeback and he admitted he would consider continuing his rehabilitation in Canberra to avoid jeopardising his first campaign with the Brumbies.

"[The knee] is improving, now it's just about pushing it every week and seeing how it reacts," Pocock said.

"The very best case scenario would be playing towards the end of the spring tour but that's maybe not that realistic.

"[Staying here] to get fit is definitely part of the thinking, you never want to come back too early. I want to make sure if I do come back and play I'm ready to go.

"We've seen James O'Connor with his hamstring and that's been 20 weeks or so, I want to make sure [the knee] is all right."

The Wallabies will play their final domestic Test of the year when they attempt to topple the world champion All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The spring tour begins with a match against France on November 10 with games against England, Italy and Wales to follow.

Pocock has been training in the gym and doing light running sessions to ease himself back on to the field.

His absence has left a big hole in the Wallabies' leadership with James Horwill and Will Genia also forced to watch from the sideline.

However, it has given Michael Hooper a chance to step into the openside flanker role and the former Brumby has been one of the Wallabies most impressive players.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will name a 30-man touring squad next week.

With Deans under pressure, a long list of injuries, star playmaker Quade Cooper criticising the Wallabies set up and John O'Neill stepping down as ARU boss, Pocock said it had been a distracting campaign for the Test side.

"It's been a difficult year for the Wallabies and it's hard not being in the side at the moment and that makes it hard to comment," Pocock said.

"You just focus on the game coming up and not the peripheral stuff.

"The only way to change people's opinions and to get a bit of positivity is to win. That's what the guys will be focused on this week."

Pocock has been training with fellow injured Wallaby Stephen Moore.

Moore still hopes of being fit to join the spring tour despite his hamstring problem limiting his influence on the Rugby Championship.

The veteran hooker was poised to become the most capped rake in Wallabies history before his hamstring strain sent him to the rehabilitation group.

Moore is confident the Wallabies can beat the All Blacks in Brisbane and end New Zealand's dominance.

The Wallabies struggled through the Rugby Championships, but got a morale-boosting win in Argentina two weeks ago.

"New Zealand is a good side, we've been close enough but we just haven't been good enough to win the two games we've played," Moore said.

"Every team is beatable ... We've got a good record [at Suncorp Stadium], we've just got to have the belief we can win."

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