McCabe cleared, Pocock ruled out for Brumbies
March 3, 2014
David Pocock's injury will be assessed by his Brisbane-based surgeon © Getty Images
Both players left the field during the Brumbies' 27-14 win over the Western Force in Perth on Saturday amid fears they may have suffered recurrences of injuries that ended their 2013 seasons.
However a second series of scans on Monday cleared McCabe of any serious damage, while Pocock's Monday evening scan results aren't expected to be available until Tuesday.
The Brumbies were concerned McCabe had suffered further damage to his neck, which he broke during the Wallabies' Spring Tour of 2012 and re-injured against the British & Irish Lions last year.
"It was just a stiffness from getting his neck stretched a little bit," Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said on Monday. "He's got a little bit of damage to the muscle around there, but he's looking good for this weekend."
While concerns remain that Pocock has damaged his reconstructed knee, he has reportedly shown positive signs of mobility since Saturday. Regardless, his scans will be sent to the Brisbane surgeon who operated on his knee.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt won the tactical battle and set his team on course for a shot at the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton reports from Dublin
With the World Cup only a few months away, the last thing France needed was doubts over the future of their coach, writes Huw Richards
They came to Murrayfield looking to put down a marker, but Scotland were sent home with their tails between their legs, writes Tristan Barclay
The controversial tackling technique will be in full swing in Dublin on Sunday, writes Conor O'Shea, and could be a decisive factor for Ireland