Mixed news for Wallabies fans on Pocock, O'Connor and White
Champion backrower Pocock has played just 138 minutes in three matches for the Brumbies this season due to a calf muscle issue and hasn’t taken the field since early March.
The 31-year-old, who was one of the stars of the 2015 World Cup, announced his retirement from Super Rugby in late May
He is attending coach Michael Cheika’s national camp in Brisbane this week but did not train on Monday.
Utility back O’Connor, who turns 29 on Friday, can’t train with the squad until inking a deal with Rugby Australia, with Queensland expected to be his Super Rugby destination.
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Off-field disciplinary issues put him on the outer with the Wallabies management and he has plied his trade overseas with London Irish, Toulon and Sale.
Former Brumby White, who played 22 Tests between 2013 and 2015, making eight starts, is in camp this week after agreeing a deal with RA.
Since 2015, the 29-year-old White has played for Montpellier in France and English club Exeter Chiefs, to who he is contracted for one more season, before returning to play Super Rugby at a franchise to be determined.
“It’s great to see Nic back,” said 1999 World Cup winning captain and halfback George Gregan, who on Monday worked with the playmakers in the camp.
“Obviously playing overseas in France and the UK was very good for him in terms of rounding off his entire rugby game.
“I did some work with him when he was starting at the Brumbies many years ago. He’s come back a really rounded player.”
“There’s been good examples of depth in a number of positions in this country and I think No.9 is at the moment is definitely that case,” Gregan said.
The Brumbies are in transit following last weekend’s Super Rugby semi-final loss in Argentina and won’t return to Australia until Tuesday.
The need for rest after playing and traveling means none are expected to actively participate in the camp prior to the Wallabies departure for South Africa next Sunday.
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