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Pocock confirms departure from Australia


David Pocock confirms exit from Australian rugby

Brumbies flanker David Pocock has confirmed he will not be seeking a further contract with the club at the end of the 2019 season. After his commitments with Australian rugby conclude this year, Pocock will reunite with the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan.

Pocock has made 112 Super Rugby appearances and scored 19 tries. He made his debut for the Western Force in 2006 and spent seven seasons in Perth before joining the Brumbies at the end of 2012. After six seasons with the club he will not return to the Brumbies after the completion of the Japanese Top League season.

While Pocock will not seek a new contract in Australian Rugby at the end of 2019, he will remain eligible for Wallabies selection via the 60-cap rule.

“The Brumbies have given me a home for the last seven years. They’ve supported me through injury and given me the opportunity to work on my game and my leadership as part of an incredible group of men,” Pocock said.

“After 13 years of professional rugby, I’m looking forward to the challenges the rest of this year holds and also thinking about what comes next.

“The Brumbies and all supporters have been very good to me since my move to Canberra in 2013. I am grateful for their support. Over the last seven-years Canberra has well and truly become my home. Em and I love living here and being part of the community.”

After extensive consultation between the Brumbies and Wallabies Medical Staff along with other expert advice, it has been agreed that Pocock will not be available for Super Rugby selection in the immediate future.

David’s injury is a rare calf strain that is unfortunately not progressing as hoped and needs further time to heal. No exact timeframe for a return to playing can be provided at this stage.

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