Wallaby star David Pocock will return home from South Africa after failing to recover from a calf injury.

The 31-year-old who celebrates his birthday today, flew out to South Africa with his team mates hoping that his injury will clear.

Pocock will miss a sixth-straight Super Rugby match this weekend.

So far he has only featured in 138 minutes this year.

The Brumbies said in a statement that the move to fly Pocock back to Australia is precautionary.

They believe that he will be ready to face the Blues on May 4th in Canberra.

The Zimbabwean born Pocock will definitely form part of Wallaby coach Michael Cheika’s World Cup plans.

Together with Michael Hooper they form a formidable loose forward combination and the Aussies will be hoping that Pocock can recover and stay injury free.

Meanwhile, the career of Australia’s oldest Super Rugby player, 38-year-old Brumbies hooker Josh Mann-Rea, may be over after he injured his knee against the Stormers.

Mann-Rea is returning home and back-up hooker Connal McInerney will join the team in Buenos Aires for their next match against the Jaguares.

He made his Super Rugby debut in 2012 for the Waratahs against the Stormers in round 13.

He also played two test for the Wallabies after making his debut against the Springboks in 2014 in Perth.

The men from Canberra will face a tough challenge against a Jaguares side that has a lot of confidence.

They returned from South Africa with two wins from two after defeating the Bulls and the Sharks.

Fresh from a bye, they will be hoping to keep their good form in touch.


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Written By Carl Coertzen