Deans may give No. 7 spot to Smith with Pocock out of play
WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans made it clear last Thursday that 110-Test veteran George Smith was not in his plans to play against the British and Irish Lions, but Deans may have to change his mind now David Pocock has been ruled out for the season.
Scans have revealed Pocock suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for the table-topping Brumbies in their 35-6 Super Rugby triumph against the Waratahs in Canberra on Saturday night.
Pocock now faces knee reconstruction surgery and is set to miss the three-Test Lions series starting in June, the Rugby Championship, as well as the rest of the Super Rugby season.
It means Deans will now have to find someone to replace Pocock in the No.7 jersey, something Smith did admirably after coming off the bench for the Brumbies against the 'Tahs.
However, Smith has only signed to play for the Brumbies for 12 weeks during the Japanese off-season, something coach Jake Smith said had turned out to be very fortunate.
"It shows you how fate plays out ... it's just fantastic how things have worked out now that George has arrived," Smith said.
Meanwhile, media outlets were reporting on Sunday that Wallabies and Queensland winger Digby Ioane has attended a police station in relation to an alleged assault at a pub in Melbourne on Saturday night.