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Praise sweet for Pocock

Australia back row David Pocock has welcomed being described as the world's greatest openside ahead of Richie McCaw.

Pocock received the praise from the unlikely source of All Black great Josh Kronfeld, who won 54 caps in the number seven jersey between 1995-2000.

"Master" was the word used to describe Pocock, 23, who said: "It's great coming from a guy like Josh Kronfeld. He was a legend."

Pocock added: "I remember watching him when I was at primary school, with his headgear.

"He was one of those loose forwards who always had it right because he'd follow the winger, Jonah Lomu or whoever it may have been.

"When they got tackled near the line they'd pop it up to him and he'd score the try. He was very good at doing that.

"So that's something coming from him, but I've just got to focus on my own game."

Pocock starts Sunday's Pool C opener against Italy after Australia coach Robbie Deans retained the XV that completed last month's Tri-Nations-clinching 25-20 victory over New Zealand.

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