Tuesday 26 September 2017

Warburton irreplaceable, insists Pocock

HONG KONG - MAY 30: Sam Warburton, the Lions tour captain, who is inured, looks on during the British and Irish Lions training session held at the Aberdeen Sports Stadium May 30, 2013 in Hong Kong. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - MAY 30: Sam Warburton, the Lions tour captain, who is inured, looks on during the British and Irish Lions training session held at the Aberdeen Sports Stadium May 30, 2013 in Hong Kong. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Injured Australia flanker David Pocock believes the Lions will struggle to replace captain Sam Warburton if his knee injury forces him to miss any more matches.

Pocock (25) is recovering from surgery on his own knee and that has ruled him out of all three Tests but he will provide analysis and technical advice to Australia's coaching staff throughout the series.

Warburton (right) is not expected to be available until the third tour match against Queensland Reds next weekend and the man who would have been his opposite number acknowledged that the Welsh skipper will play a critical role in Warren Gatland's squad.

"Warburton is a key for them," Pocock said.

"He's such a big part of the psyche of the Welsh team and their guys really look to him for direction. It's going to be no different with the Lions.

"He's really going to be the go-to man, I think the Lions have the ability to put a lot of pressure on at the breakdown and that area is obviously going to be a big focus for us."

Irish Independent

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