Bledisloe Cup

The Rugby Championship 2016

Injured Wallaby David Pocock hopeful of Bledisloe Cup return against All Blacks

New Zealand are out to claim a world-record 18th consecutive test win on Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2016, 12:59pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2016, 8:56pm

Forward David Pocock is optimistic of being fit after a month out with a broken hand as Australia look to halt the New Zealand’s bid for a world-record 18th consecutive test win on Saturday in the Bledisloe Cup meeting in at Eden Park in Auckland.

The forward has been out of action since picking up the injury in Australia’s Rugby Championship win over Argentina in Perth last month.

The setback continued his wretched run with injuries during a chequered playing career, which has included two knee reconstructions, ankle and calf trouble and a fractured eye socket.

But he came through a non-contact training session on Monday and is hopeful of being ready for the meeting at Eden Park in Auckland, where Australia haven’t won since 1986.

“It’s feeling pretty good,” he said ahead of testing his hand in a contact session.

“I’ve done all the rehab that’s been required, the last little bit is the uncontrolled contact, see how that goes.

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“Yesterday was good, enjoy training in the rain so we’ll see what today holds.”

Fellow forward Sean McMahon’s recovery from an ankle injury has been slower and he is unlikely to feature on Saturday.

“It’s a bit of a long shot as you’d expect it was with the type of injury that it was, but I’ll just keep trotting away and working on building the strength back into it and see where that takes it,” he told the Australian Rugby Union website.