Wallabies flanker David Pocock has faced a frantic few months as he has raced to be fit in time for the World Cup.
If there was only a scintilla of a chance that the breakdown maestro would be able to play, it is likely that Cheika would have taken that risk with him.
However, while it is still unclear what his current fitness is, he has given updates this past week showing the tests that he has undergone with the Wallabies medical staff.
The 31-year-old shared footage on Twitter and Instagram of his calf being tested out in the gym while strapped up, which will be encouraging to all Australia fans ahead of their opening World Cup pool match on September 21 against Fiji in Sapporo. This is what Pocock shared:
One thing that many fans have mentioned on Instagram is that the flanker looks to be in good shape still, despite only playing three games for the Brumbies this season. Fitness will be a concern to Cheika, but he will also want Pocock playing as soon and as much as possible.
The 76-cap is revered as one of the best flankers in the world, primarily for his jackaling expertise. He makes a noticeable impression on the Wallabies team and forms a successful partnership with Michael Hooper.
Fiji will prove to be a stern test to start the tournament and the Wallabies will be better off with Pocock on the field.
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