Brumbies have rebuilt David Pocock
February 13, 2014
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David Pocock is regarded among the top physical specimens in Australian sport, but his body was "a bit of a mess" for rugby purposes when he arrived at the Brumbies, Stephen Larkham says.
Larkham said that Pocock was "strong in the wrong areas" when he arrived in Canberra after seven seasons with Western Force, the Brumbies head coach referring to the Wallabies flanker's colossal upper body strength that earned him the nickname "Bam Bam" among his team mates.
Pocock then completed just two Super Rugby games with the Brumbies in 2013 before sustaining the serious knee injury against New South Wales Waratahs that ended his season, since when he has worked on his entire core strength and lower body while rehabilitating his left knee to become an even more effective No.7.
"When he got here to the Brumbies a couple of years ago, his body was a bit of a mess, I'd have to say honestly," Larkham said. "The staff, the physios here and the doctors have genuinely rebuilt him now, and everything's working a lot better than it was.
"He's well and truly past the point of being ready to play. That's what we need: a David Pocock who is extremely confident out there because he is one of the world's best."
Pocock has shown no signs of his knee injury in his first two games back for the Brumbies, and he earned high praise from team captain Ben Mowen for his performance in the 67-0 win against the ACT XV that indicated he wasn't far from his ball-thief best.
"It was hard not to keep an eye on him [during the game] because he was turning over so much ball," Mowen said. "I thought he was back to where he's been at international standard." Pocock is feeling good and looking forward to the Brumbies' Super Rugby season-opener against Queensland Reds on February 22.
"You can do as much training as you want, but getting match fitness and work in games is the difference," Pocock said.
"It's good to be back out there."
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