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Pocock adds touch of class

Brumbies new recruit David Pocock at Brumbies HQ,  Griffith. Click for more photos

David Pocock

David Pocock is the Brumbies' star recruit for the 2013 Super Rugby season. Photo: Colleen Petch

Marquee recruit, superstar flanker and humanitarian – David Pocock arrives in Canberra as the biggest recruit in ACT Brumbies history and a key piece in a championship-winning puzzle.

But one of the world's best players does not want his rugby achievements and ambitions to define him.

Of course, he wants to help the Brumbies clinch a Super Rugby title and lift the Wallabies to the top of the world rankings.

On the field he's the tenacious No.7 who can change the game with his sublime skills at the breakdown.

Away from rugby he wants to make a difference in the world and uses his profile to help promote the issues that fire his passion.

"I really enjoy rugby and I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to do what I do, but I hope it doesn't define me as a person," the 24-year-old said. "There is far more to life than playing a game of rugby.

"I think it's important you find those things you're passionate about that won't end if you have a serious injury, lose form or get too old.

"That's important to me – having those things I enjoy and can put my energy into."

Pocock grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe before it was seized during the land grabs of Robert Mugabe.

His father was threatened at gun point. A neighbour was killed.

The Pocock family fled to Brisbane in 2002 to start a new life.

While his rugby career took off and launched him to stardom, he never forgot his past.

His career isn't just built on his performances on the field. It's also built on his passion to fight for his beliefs and the rights of other people.

At just 24, he's played 69 Super Rugby matches and 45 Tests for the Wallabies.

The Brumbies will be hoping his rugby ability shines through as they chase a finals berth for the first time since 2004.

The departure of Michael Hooper to the Waratahs opened the door for Brumbies coach Jake White to seek out Pocock.

The Brumbies have boasted some of the biggest names in Australian rugby in the past. Stephen Larkham, George Gregan, Stirling Mortlock, George Smith and Joe Roff are Brumbies legends.

They started their careers in Canberra and became greats of the game.

The difference with Pocock is he is yet to play for the Brumbies and is already regarded as a great.

His career is still rising and he's the biggest recruit in the club's history.

"And having David come to Canberra reflects the change in culture of the team," Brumbies great Brett Robinson said.

"It shows the leadership that Jake White has brought and an organisation that can attract footballers at their peak, historically that has been a problem for the Brumbies.

"David brings so much to Canberra, his leadership on and off the field and his form is world-class."

In his brief time in the capital with partner Emma, Pocock has seen more attractions, market stalls and pieces of art than most Canberrans do in a lifetime.

But his mission on the field is to play finals rugby for the first time in his career.

In his eight years with the Force, he never got to play at the business end of the season. It has also been eight seasons since the Brumbies last played finals rugby.

"You're kidding yourself as an athlete if you're just happy to be part of a program and not really achieve stuff," Pocock said.

"Finals is definitely a goal and hearing guys talk about the disappointment of missing out last year . . . in some ways it's been good to spur young guys on.

"I'm excited, but you don't want to make predictions in the pre-season."

So does he feel the pressure of being a marquee recruit?

"Going to any team you always feel pressure," he said.

"First you want to impress the blokes you're playing with and put in the hard work to get their support.

"There is pressure, but you've got to enjoy yourself. I don't think I'm nervous."

Pocock will make his Brumbies Super Rugby debut when they play the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.

He'll wear the No.7 jersey, one of the most famous in Brumbies history.

It was first worn by Robinson, the inaugural Brumbies captain. Then it belonged to George Smith, a player who will go down as one of the best in Australia's history.

Pocock grew up with a poster of Smith on his wall.

He dreamed of playing against him and alongside him and achieved both of those goals.

Pocock still rates Smith as "a hero".

"The thing about George is he was an absolute freak on the field, but he's so loved and always will have the title of being Australia's best flanker because of the guy he is," Pocock said.

"He's laid back, he has time for everyone and that was the biggest thing for me going into the Wallabies as a 20-year-old.

"Even when I started ahead of him, he was the first bloke to shake my hand."

As for the year ahead, can he feel something special building at the Brumbies?

"Team culture has to be driven by the team, not just senior players. That's evident here at the Brumbies.

"There's a positive contagion building in the group.

"I never thought I would leave the Force, I loved my time there and they gave me my start.

"But this is a new challenge for me, something new and you're always looking to be challenged. That's exciting for me."

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Round 1
Fri, 13 FebTimes shown AEDT
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BRU 47 vs RED 3 Stats
Sat, 14 FebTimes shown AEDT
LIO 8 vs HUR 22 Stats
BLU 18 vs CHF 23 Report Stats
Sun, 15 FebTimes shown AEDT
SHA 29 vs CHT 35 Stats
BUL 17 vs STO 29 Stats
WAR 13 vs FOR 25 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 20 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHF 19 vs BRU 17 Stats
REB 28 vs WAR 38 Stats
Sat, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
BUL 13 vs HUR 17 Stats
HIG 20 vs CRU 26 Stats
RED 18 vs FOR 6 Stats
Sun, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
STO 27 vs BLU 16 Stats
SHA 29 vs LIO 12 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 27 FebTimes shown AEDT
HIG 20 vs RED 13 Stats
FOR 13 vs HUR 42 Stats
Sat, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHT 25 vs BLU 24 Stats
CHF vs CRU 17:35WS
REB vs BRU 19:40AAMI
Sun, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL vs SHA 02:05Loftus Versfeld
LIO vs STO 04:10Emirates Airlines Park
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Round 4
Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF vs HIG 17:35WS
BRU vs FOR 19:40GIO Stadium
Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
BLU vs LIO 17:35QBE Stadium
RED vs WAR 19:40SS
Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHT vs BUL 02:05FSS
STO vs SHA 04:10DHL Newlands
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Round 5
Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR vs BLU 17:35FMG Stadium
FOR vs REB 22:00nib Stadium
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CRU vs LIO 14:30AMI
HIG vs WAR 17:35FBS
RED vs BRU 19:40SS
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
STO vs CHF 00:00DHL Newlands
CHT vs SHA 02:05FSS
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Round 6
Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
HIG vs HUR 17:35FBS
REB vs LIO 19:40AAMI
Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU vs CHT 17:35AMI
Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL vs FOR 02:05Loftus Versfeld
SHA vs CHF 04:10Growthpoint Kings Park
WAR vs BRU 16:05AS
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Round 7
Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR vs REB 17:35WS
RED vs LIO 20:00SS
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF vs CHT 14:30WS
HIG vs STO 17:35FBS
WAR vs BLU 19:40AS
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
SHA vs FOR 02:05Growthpoint Kings Park
BUL vs CRU 04:10Loftus Versfeld
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Round 8
Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
HUR vs STO 18:35WS
REB vs RED 20:40AAMI
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
CHF vs BLU 18:35WS
BRU vs CHT 20:40GIO Stadium
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
SHA vs CRU 01:00Growthpoint Kings Park
LIO vs BUL 02:05Emirates Airlines Park
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Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BLU vs BRU 18:35EP
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU vs HIG 18:35AMI
WAR vs STO 20:40AS
FOR vs CHT 22:45nib Stadium
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
BUL vs RED 00:00Loftus Versfeld
LIO vs SHA 02:05Emirates Airlines Park
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Round 10
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU vs CHF 18:35AMI
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
HUR vs WAR 15:30WS
HIG vs BLU 18:35FBS
BRU vs REB 20:40GIO Stadium
FOR vs STO 22:45nib Stadium
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
SHA vs BUL 02:05Growthpoint Kings Park
CHT vs RED 04:10FSS
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Round 11
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CHF vs FOR 18:35WS
BRU vs HIG 20:40GIO Stadium
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU vs BLU 18:35AMI
WAR vs REB 20:40ANZ
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
LIO vs CHT 02:05Emirates Airlines Park
STO vs BUL 04:10DHL Newlands
RED vs HUR 17:05SS
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Round 12
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
HIG vs SHA 18:35FBS
BRU vs WAR 20:40GIO Stadium
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU vs FOR 16:30EP
HUR vs CRU 18:35WS
REB vs CHF 20:40AAMI
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT vs STO 02:05FSS
BUL vs LIO 04:10Loftus Versfeld
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Round 13
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU vs RED 18:35AMI
REB vs BLU 20:40AAMI
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR vs SHA 18:35WS
FOR vs WAR 20:40nib Stadium
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
LIO vs HIG 00:00Emirates Airlines Park
STO vs BRU 02:05DHL Newlands
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Round 14
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU vs BUL 18:35EP
RED vs REB 20:40SS
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR vs CHF 18:35WS
WAR vs SHA 20:40AS
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
LIO vs BRU 02:05Emirates Airlines Park
CHT vs HIG 04:10FSS
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Round 15
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
CHF vs BUL 18:35Rotorua International Stadium
RED vs SHA 20:40SS
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU vs HUR 18:35Emirates Airlines Park
WAR vs CRU 20:40ANZ
FOR vs HIG 22:45nib Stadium
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT vs LIO 02:05FSS
STO vs REB 04:10DHL Newlands
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Round 16
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU vs HUR 18:35Trafalgar Park
BRU vs BUL 20:40GIO Stadium
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
SHA vs REB 04:10Growthpoint Kings Park
HIG vs CHF 18:35Rugby Park
FOR vs RED 20:40nib Stadium
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
STO vs CHT 02:05DHL Newlands
LIO vs WAR 04:10Emirates Airlines Park
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Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
HUR vs HIG 18:35McLean Park
FOR vs BRU 22:00nib Stadium
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
REB vs BUL 16:30AAMI
BLU vs CRU 18:35EP
RED vs CHF 20:40SS
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
CHT vs WAR 00:00FSS
STO vs LIO 02:05DHL Newlands
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Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
BLU vs HIG 18:35EP
REB vs FOR 20:40AAMI
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BRU vs CRU 16:30GIO Stadium
CHF vs HUR 18:35Yarrow Stadium
WAR vs RED 20:40AS
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
BUL vs CHT 02:05Loftus Versfeld
SHA vs STO 04:10Growthpoint Kings Park
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Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 10:00
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Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
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Cheetahs 2 2 0 0 7 9
Hurricanes 3 3 0 0 47 13
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Rebels 2 1 1 0 0 5
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