David Pocock has racked up quite a few awards throughout his career – but he was able to add a new one to his collection on Thursday.
The two-time John Eales Medal winner received the Special Editor’s Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.
The flanker’s Test and Super Rugby career may have now ended, but there are many more strings to his bow, which has made him a worthy candidate for this accolade.
Throughout his career, Pocock has always championed gay rights and campaigned for equal marriage in Australia.
In recent years, he has been very vocal about climate change, and released a book this year, In Our Nature, alongside his wife, Emma; a project where all profits will go towards conservation.
The 31-year-old played his last game for the Wallabies in October in the World Cup quarter-final against England, where they lost 40-16.
That match brought to an end an eleven-year international career where he earned 83 caps and was revered as one of the great loose forwards in the game, albeit in a career that has been ravaged by injury.
His life as a professional rugby player is still not over, as he is set to rejoin Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights in the Top League, a club he has played for previously. Although his career may be winding down, Pocock looks well prepared for life post-rugby.
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