Pocock’s Brumby decision a relief
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.