Australia and Brumbies back-row David Pocock has taken to Instagram after the news was announced yesterday that he will not renew his contract at the end of the season, bringing an end to his Super Rugby career.
The 31-year-old is out for the rest of the season with a calf injury, meaning his career for the Brumbies has already ended prematurely. He said on Instagram “[t]his isn’t the way I wanted to end my time with the Brumbies. The club, the supporters, and the whole Canberra community have been so good to [me] and I over the last seven years.”
However, the flanker’s priority will be regaining his fitness for the World Cup in September, and he said he is “working on getting my body right in the hope I am lucky enough to be selected to represent the Wallabies again.”
Thank you for all the messages and support. After a few months of battling an ongoing injury, I’ve been ruled out of the remainder of the Super Rugby season. I’m incredibly disappointed. There is a really special group of men here at the Brumbies working hard for one another. I would have loved to take to the field with them again. I’ll be working with them off the field as we push toward a hopeful finals berth. And I’ll be working on getting my body right in the hope I am lucky enough to be selected to represent the Wallabies again. This isn’t the way I wanted to end my time with the Brumbies. The club, the supporters, and the whole Canberra community have been so good to Em and I over the last seven years. I’m so grateful for all the opportunities and support they’ve given me and will be cheering them on next season and every one after that. #rugby #canberra
While he thanked the Brumbies for the past seven years, he also thanked the Western Force in another post, with whom he started his rugby career as a 17-year-old, calling it a “dream come true”.
Wrapping up my time in Super Rugby I also wanted to pay my respects to the Western Force. ? ? Getting a start in Super Rugby under John Mitchell and John Mulvihill, and alongside players I’d idolised like @nathansharpe and @canno02 was a dream come true as a 17 year old. ? ? I couldn’t have imagined how good my years at the Force would be, from playing with some of my best mates, to the mighty Sea of Blue and meeting @emmaawpocock. ? ? I’ll always be grateful for those years in Perth and look forward to seeing what the Force does over the coming years.? ? #rugby #perth #westernforce #seaofblue?
With 76 caps for the Wallabies, a move abroad by Pocock would not rule him out of selection for his country due to the Giteau’s law, where he has over 60 caps. However, some may fear that this will be the end of his international career after the World Cup as well. It is clear from his post that he still wants to be selected, but that may be his swansong.
This calf complaint is just the latest in a catalogue of injuries that have plagued Pocock throughout his career. But Michael Cheika, as well as all Australian fans, will be desperate for the loose forward to return, as he is arguably the Wallabies’ best player, particularly in the absence of Israel Folau.
Pocock’s expertise at the breakdown is virtually unrivaled, as he was always a great adversary to All Blacks legend Richie McCaw. The impact he has on a game is hugely significant, and Australia’s chances at the World Cup may hinge on his fitness. However, in a career that has seen him have two knee constructions in two seasons, it is understandable that he may feel like he has little left to give.
The rigours of Super Rugby may be too much for him to consistently play, and a lucrative deal abroad may make more sense, but being a fierce competitor, he is evidently disappointed his Brumbies career has ended as it has.
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