The University of Canberra Brumbies are celebrating the acquisition of one of world rugby’s most respected players after David Pocock committed to a three year deal with the club on Saturday evening.
Pocock has been a mainstay at the Western Force for the last seven seasons having joined the club in his teens during their inaugural year, 2006. He has since claimed 69 Super Rugby caps and 44 Wallabies caps, including the last four as skipper.
A world-class No 7 who replaced former University of Canberra Brumbies open-side flanker George Smith at Wallaby level, Pocock continues a proud history of champion loose forwards representing the ACT and its surrounding regions.
Pocock was the John Eales Medallist in 2010, the same year he was nominated as IRB International Player of the Year for the first time. In 2011 Pocock was again nominated for the IRB’s top gong, before being given the Captaincy of the Western Force for their 2012 Super Rugby season.
At just 24, Pocock has developed a reputation as a leader both on and off the field, with his charity work being recognised in his appointment as Western Australia’s Young Australian of the Year (2012).
Pocock said he was looking forward to a fresh start with the Brumbies.
“I’m incredibly thankful to the Emirates Western Force and the people of Perth for the support they have given me over the last seven years,” Pocock said.
“After discussing things with Em we’ve decided that a move to Canberra and a fresh start with the Brumbies is the best move for us.
“The Brumbies have a good coaching and management team of Jake White, Laurie Fisher, Stephen Larkham, Dean Benton and Tony Thorpe, so the opportunity to learn from them and challenge myself was appealing.
“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 etcetera.
“Being based in Canberra will make it easier to travel to Brisbane and Sydney.
“Emma is planning on taking up her Masters and the University of Canberra offers her an excellent education in the field she wishes to study, she’s excited about that.”
The recruitment of Pocock continues Jake White’s plan to blend youth and experience in his squad. White said Pocock would make a perfect fit to the direction he wanted the club to head both on and off the field.
“To have a guy like David Pocock want to be involved with the Brumbies is very encouraging,” White 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.
“At the end of the day, we want to make David a better player.”
During his seven years in Perth, Pocock made a big impact on the community involving himself in all aspects of West Australian life.
Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Andrew Fagan was pleased to be bringing such a civic minded individual to the ACT and its surrounding regions.
“David’s off-field work is well documented, he’s a community minded man who thinks far beyond the rugby field or the change rooms,” Fagan said.
“In that regard, it’s not only a boost for the Brumbies to have David for the next three years but also for the people of Canberra.
“We are happy to welcome David to Canberra and look forward to he and his wife Emma being a part of the ACT community.”
Pocock will join the University of Canberra Brumbies once his commitments with the Wallabies are complete.
H/W: 184cm, 104kg
DOB: 23/04/1988, Zimbabwe
Senior Club: University (WA)
Super Rugby Caps: 69
Super Rugby Points: 40 (8t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2006 v Sharks, Durban
Test Rugby Caps: 44
Test Rugby Points: 20 (4t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2008 v New Zealand, Hong Kong