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Pocock raises concerns after neck-rolling

Wallabies flanker David Pocock has admitted his concerns after a tough night at the breakdown in Auckland.

Pocock was the Wallabies’ top tackler with 18 and won a pair of turnovers in the 40-12 Bledisloe Cup loss at the hands of the All Blacks.

All Blacks prop Owen Franks was penalised early for a neck roll while trying to clear Pocock out. Pocock was later asked about the potential lasting impact of neck rolls.

“As a player, you feel that after games and it’s not something you want to think too much about.”

“It’s pretty sore,” he continued. “I copped a knock and then a bit of a neck roll.

“It’ll be sore but hopefully it’s nothing serious.”

Pocock was reportedly so stiff after the contest that he had to turn his body as opposed to his head to speak with reporters.

The flanker is a regular target for teams at the breakdown, and teams often go to the extreme to counter the 30-year-old.

“There were a few [neck rolls] during Super [Rugby],” Pocock said.

“It’s something the refs said they were going to really look at.”

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika weighed in on Pocock’s influence and revealed how his star was feeling after the Test.

“He’s there nearly all the time, so he becomes a target and they do whatever they can to get rid of him,” Cheika said.

“I think today’s probably not the day to start going out for that type of stuff but for his own – he could hardly move his neck today.

“We need to also go there and give him a bit of support as well when that happens to him, we’ve got to show we’re right behind him.”

The Wallabies are now back in Australia and will host the Springboks in Brisbane on September 8 when their Rugby Championship campaign resumes.

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Pocock raises concerns after neck-rolling