Wallabies’ Pocock Sidelined for Three Months, Kepu to Miss Match

Australia captain David Pocock will miss the remainder of the Rugby Championship following surgery on the knee he injured in the tournament opener.

The openside flanker underwent a keyhole procedure today after damaging the articular cartilage of his right knee during the Wallabies’ 27-19 loss to New Zealand in Sydney three days ago. The recommended three-month rehabilitation also puts Pocock, 24, in doubt for Australia’s tour of the northern hemisphere later this year, the team said in a statement.

Scrum-half Will Genia will lead Australia against the All Blacks in the second round of southern hemisphere rugby’s annual championship in Auckland on Aug. 25. Prop Sekope Kepu was ruled out of the match at Eden Park after straining a knee ligament during a training session in Sydney today, the team said in a later statement. The squad will be named in two days before it flies out to New Zealand.

Pocock was appointed Australia captain in June after regular skipper James Horwill ruptured his hamstring, an injury that needed surgery and sidelined the second-rower for the rest of the year.

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