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Eddie Jones says he will not be lured in to talk of David Pocock's latest injury scare

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Eddie Jones has refused to be drawn in to talk of injuries within the Australian camp as his England side get ready to face the Wallabies at Twickenham this Saturday. 

The England coach was asked about the recent injury to Australia's number eight, but insisted that his team were only focused on beating their counterparts on the weekend. 

David Pocock was replaced last time out as his country defeated Italy 26-7 after complaining of neck ache after a heavy collision early in the second half.

Jones will be all too aware that he cannot take his eyes off of planning for the weekend's crunch match-up after a lacklustre performance against Japan, where his team had to fight back to beat the unfancied underdogs, thanks to a debut try from Joe Cokanasiga.

When questioned about the Aussie number eight's latest injury scare, Jones said: “I hear this every time we play Australia, ‘Pocock's not going to be fit.’

“When I heard it, I thought, ‘here we go again’. You know those merry-go-rounds at the Royal Easter Show? It's a bit like that. We're not even thinking about it.”

It would be a massive blow for Australia to lose Pocock, and with coach Michael Cheika not naming his squad to play England until Thursday, there is still plenty of time for a recovery.

There were reports the number eight missed their last training session altogether, though. 

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“He's pretty busted walking around, so I guess that'll be a call by the doctor and the medical staff," Will Genia said.

The Wallabies also had to do without Israel Folau and Bernard Foley for Monday's training session, but it is believed that the pair are just being rested due to their workloads and are still expected to play on Saturday. 

For England, Chris Ashton is the only major doubt, and is likely to be ruled out of Saturday's side to face Australia after limping off during the first half against Japan.

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