SYDNEY – The All Blacks are on “high alert” over the threat David Pocock could pose at the breakdown when they meet the Wallabies in Saturday's Rugby Championship opener, according to flanker Sam Cane.
Pocock missed last year's championship while on a sabbatical but was back to his ball-poaching best upon his international return in the June tests against Ireland.
“He's always a big threat when he plays,” Cane said of his fellow loose forward on Monday ahead of Saturday's championship opener in Sydney.
“The way he continually bounces back and plays at a high level is pretty outstanding. It just creates an awareness - we're on more of a high alert than normal around the breakdown. In every test match there's always a big emphasis on the breakdown – whether it's their ball or our ball, disrupting their ball or trying to get fast ball.
“It will be a focus again.”