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HE’S BACK: David Pocock returns for Brumbies

David Pocock will make his long-awaited return to action after being named in the Brumbies starting XV to take on the Waratahs in Canberra on Saturday.

In so doing, the superstar forward will play his 100th match of Super Rugby, having racked up 69 appearances for the Force before heading to Australia’s capital city to sign for the Brumbies in 2013.


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The 29-year-old, who played his last Brumbies match in July 2016, had his return from a year-long sabbatical delayed after picking up a knee injury in January.

“It’s [injury] been frustrating but I’m feeling good now,” Pocock told reporters on Thursday.



“This was always the game picked for the return and having the bye gives you an extra couple of weeks… so it was a realistic.

“You always want to make an impact and starting is one of those things when you get the feel of the game early. I’m sure the lungs will be burning but that’s all part of it.”

Brumbies: 15 Andy Muirhead, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Lausii Taliauli, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Lachlan Mccaffrey, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Mees Erasmus, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Tom Cusack, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Kyle Godwin, 23 Tom Banks
Date: Saturday, March 31
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19:45 local (08:45 GMT)
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

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