Australian flanker David Pocock scored a try in his first match
after almost a year when he played an hour of a Super Rugby preseason warm-up match for ACT Brumbies against Western Force on Friday.
The 26-year-old was rated as one of the best open-side flankers in the world – but this was before suffering serious knee injuries that required reconstruction at the start of the past two seasons.
As a consequence, Pocock has played just five Super Rugby matches for the Brumbies since moving to the capital from the Force, and last played for his country at the end of 2012.
“I was really excited to be back out there,” he told reporters in Perth after the 31-21 defeat at the McGillivray Oval in Perth, Western Australia.
“Personally, it’s been a long time out and it’s always good to get that first one out of the way.
“You don’t expect to be back to your best in your first hit out.
“I was just happy to get through it and be back out there playing with the team.”
Pocock’s intelligence, mobility and upper-body strength helped make him a master poacher at the breakdown before his injuries.
If fully fit, he will be a major addition to the Australian squad for the World Cup, scheduled to take place in September (Australia is in Pool A).
The Brumbies take on the Queensland Reds in Canberra in their Super Rugby season opener on February 13.