Former captain says Wallabies cannot win the World Cup without Pocock

Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock has tackled the thought on everyone’s mind declaring the Aussies cannot win the World Cup without flanker, David Pocock.

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Coach Michael Cheika has played down the Wallabies prospects without their star openside flanker and has continually remained optimistic he would be fit for Monday’s semi-final against Argentina at Twickenham.


Mortlock also told the ABC he doubts Pococks will play against the Pumas saying a calf injury is more serious than it seems.

“I don’t know how bad the calf is or was but the reality is it’s an injury that you really can’t play with it torn or it’s not 100 per cent. You just can’t,” said Mortlock, who captained the Wallabies at the 2007 World Cup.

“It impacts on your proprioception, your power. Everything you’re doing, it impacts you dramatically.

“And for Dave and the way that he plays the game – the awareness of space and the dynamics of what’s doing at the breakdown – there’s just no way you could even push him to play even if you wanted to.

“So as much as it pains me to think I don’t think we’re going to win without him, you can’t push it.

“So it becomes an absolute pretty clear decision for the medical staff and the coaching staff.”

Fellow Aussie’s Israel Folou and Scott Sio are also under heavy injury clouds with the team to be announced on Friday night.