Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Gill A[euro][approximately]can Follow in Pocock's Footsteps'

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Gill A[euro][approximately]can Follow in Pocock's Footsteps'

Article excerpt

RUGBY UNION: Taking on Wallabies breakdown king David Pocock is a baptism of fire that should have any teenage flanker quaking in his boots.

But Queensland coach Ewen McKenzie believes 18-year-old rookie Liam Gill, pictured, needs only to look over the other side of the ruck at Pocock to realise he can thrive in a starting debut against the Western Force on Saturday night.

The Wallabies ball-scavenger made his Super Rugby debut at 18, a year after the Force's attempts to play him as a 17-year-old in 2005 were denied, and was an instant hit.

Rising star Gill, expected to edge out Ben Coridas at No.7 for the Reds, turns 19 tomorrow and his maturing body still weighs only 96kg a 8kg lighter than Pocock.

McKenzie, though, has no concerns about the science student's age, size or inexperience as he prepares to take on Australia's best back-row of Pocock, Matt Hodgson and Ben McCalman.

aYou've got to start somewhere and everyone knows the origins of Pocock and how he got his start,a McKenzie said. …

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