Wallabies flanker David Pocock will miss the rest of the England series, ruled out with a fractured eye socket.
Pocock was taken off the ground late in Australia’s 39-28 loss to England under the blood rule before the injury was confirmed post-match. The longer-term prognosis is not yet known, with medical staff waiting for the swelling on the injury to go down.
Pocock will remain in Brisbane while the rest of the squad moves south to Melbourne ahead of the crucial second Test..
Pocock’s injury potentially opens the door for Ben McCalman or veteran number eight Wycliff Palu to step into the Wallabies starting side, in what would be a move back to the more traditional backrow structure.
While the 28-year-old’s series is over, he will still have a chance to feature for the Wallabies before taking a one-season sabbatical in 2017, with the Rugby Champioship and Bledisloe Cup Tests on the horizon after Super Rugby season. (Rugby.com.au)