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Pocock defection leaves Force in tatters

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David Pocock's decision to join the ACT Brumbies has left the Western Force without both its star player and a coach.

David Pocock's decision to join the ACT Brumbies has left the Western Force without both its star player and a coach. Photo: Getty Images

David Pocock's three-year deal with the Brumbies makes one Australian Super Rugby franchise a genuine force in the competition but leaves another in tatters.

Rated by many as the world's best openside flanker, the Wallabies captain joins the Brumbies from the Western Force in 2013 and could be the missing piece in the puzzle for the young side who, against all odds, came so close to playing finals rugby this year.

The Jake White-coached side are in stark contrast to the franchise Pocock leaves behind.

After seven years at the Force, Pocock seemingly had enough of watching his Wallabies teammates play finals and jumped ship, leaving the Perth-based side without a captain or a coach.

The Force have never reached the finals in their seven-year history and the 2012 campaign was one of their worst, finishing second-last on the overall table with just three wins from 16 games.

Pocock's departure is a massive blow to Force fans, who have had to deal with the retirement of veteran second-rower Nathan Sharpe this season, the loss of star Wallabies utility James O'Connor to the Rebels last season, and coach Richard Graham signing with the Reds mid-2012.

There was also the farcical situation this year when Queensland announced Will Genia was to leave the Reds and set to join the Force from 2013, only for the Wallabies halfback to dramatically change his mind and re-sign.

Speculation had been rife that Pocock would commit to the Brumbies, since their outstanding young flanker Michael Hooper switched to the Waratahs.

A combination of wanting to play finals and the chance to work under South African World Cup-winning coach White proved too much to resist.

"The Brumbies have a good coaching and management team of Jake White, Laurie Fisher, Stephen Larkham and Tony Thorpe, so the opportunity to learn from them and challenge myself was appealing," Pocock said.

"Over the last seven years I have travelled long distances to visit my close knit family in Brisbane and with the Wallabies schedule there is more and more of my time required on the east coast with training camps et cetera.

"Being based in Canberra will make it easier to travel to Brisbane and Sydney."

White was delighted: "To have a guy like David Pocock want to be involved with the Brumbies is very encouraging," he said.

"The attitude and commitment of Brumbies players in 2012 has been outstanding. I've been impressed with the way the boys have taken on pressure and turned it into results. I see David thriving in this environment. He will fit in here perfectly."

- AAP

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TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
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SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
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SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
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IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
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Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
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