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Pocock fit and ready

Australia flanker David Pocock is fit and firing ahead of Sunday's World Cup quarter-final against South Africa in Wellington.

The 23-year-old, who missed the Wallabies' shock 15-6 loss to Ireland and 67-5 win over the United States with a back injury, was Australia's best performer in his comeback match against Russia last Saturday, scoring two tries and dominating the breakdown before being replaced at half-time as a precaution.

"I'm feeling good. I felt really good against Russia and I was really keen to play on, but I watched the second half and trained pretty good this week," Pocock said. "I've done everything so I'm good to go."

Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia said Pocock's importance to the team could not be understated.

"He makes a massive difference. He's very important to the side because he puts pressure on their breakdown and he's very effective at getting us quick ball because he is so good in that contact area," Genia said.

"Watch the team play when he's not there and when he is there. He makes a huge difference to the side."

Meanwhile, utility back Berrick Barnes completed a short and sharp captain's run in windy conditions on Saturday and will take his place on the bench after overcoming a virus.

"He's good. He came to dinner with us last night and trained well today and he says he's feeling good, which is good," said skipper James Horwill.


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