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Pocock’s Brumby decision a relief

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Adrian Warren

Wallabies skipper David Pocock says it's a relief to have his playing future sorted out after signing for the ACT Brumbies.

Wallabies skipper David Pocock says it's a relief to have his playing future sorted out after signing for the ACT Brumbies. Photo: Getty Images

Wallabies captain David Pocock says it's good to get the decision over his Super Rugby home out of the way and he's fully focused on leading Australia into the Rugby Championship.

The champion openside flanker ended weeks of speculation over his future when he opted to move from the Western Force to the Brumbies.

He made the decision in the period between the end of a dismal Force campaign, which gleaned just three wins, and the start of the inaugural Rugby Championship later this month.

"It's a distraction as much you let it be," Pocock said yesterday.

"I was very clear on how I wanted to go about it.

"I asked till the end of the season to make the decision and I felt like I stuck to that timeline.

"Like any big decision, it's good to get it out of the way, and now I'm fully focused on the Wallabies and the Rugby Championship."

Arguably the world's finest openside flanker, Pocock was pleased by the presence in the Wallabies squad of two more, in rising stars Liam Gill and Michael Hooper.

"It's great to have that depth – to see young guys come in after a couple of seasons. It's been good for Australian rugby to have them in this program.

"My experience of first making the squad as a young guy, you learn a lot every session, so I'm sure they are going to improve a lot."

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said he didn't expect big changes to the New Zealand and South African styles of play, despite each country appointing a new head coach, Steve Hansen and Heyneke Meyer respectively.

"Steve has been part of the furniture throughout. There will be a lot of consistency in what they do," Deans said.

"We know Richie McCaw and Dan Carter are instrumental in the way they structure their game and obviously deliver it, so I don't see enormous change but obviously there will be some subtle change.

"He [Meyer] has been part of Springbok rugby for a long period of time now and a lot of his players have come through him, so I don't think they will change enormously."

With the Olympics in full swing, Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill was already looking forward to the introduction of Sevens at the Rio 2016 games.

"As the London games finish, T-shirts will read 'A rugby-led revival in Rio'," he said.

5 comments

  • Prehaps David should worry about playing Rugby and leave his political aspirations til after he has finished playing.

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    PJ
    Date and time
    August 09, 2012, 10:37AM
    • I'm curious as to what you think was political about the comments he made? To me it seems like a fairly standard answer to a question all players at this level go through when negotiating contracts.

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      ZacZ
      Date and time
      August 09, 2012, 2:54PM
  • I think you will find Pocock has signed for the Brumbies due to their location and the ability to push & promote his political positions as he has done publically on numerous occasions to date, both on the carbon tax & gay marriage as well as his fight againts poverty in Zimbabwe. The logical choice was for him to relocate to Canberra. If he really wanted to be closer to family he would have gone back to Qld as the reds have a spot avaialbe with Beau Robinsons contract not being renewed for 2013

    Commenter
    PJ
    Date and time
    August 09, 2012, 4:16PM
    • So in other words PJ...you'd like him to be every other cardboard cut out sportsman?? Interesting.

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      laz
      Date and time
      August 09, 2012, 4:20PM
      • i hardly see all the points you make as strictly political issues especially as pockock grew up in zimbabwe and has a personal attachent to the issues there (but thats just my opinion), i believe he has openly stated that he is interested in looking at a carrer in foreign aid or humanatarianism after rugby, quite a far reach from federal polittics. also why would proximity to family or political drivings be the only reasons to sign for theh brumbies? what about the opportunity to be an integral part in a young and exciting franchise? or the opportuunity to be coached by jake white? and lets not forget money! white has openly stated that he has been wanting to coach pockock since he was 19, in fact he was an integral part in startiing discussions with hiim to orrchastrate the move.

        Commenter
        ZacZ
        Date and time
        August 09, 2012, 10:59PM
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