Apart from being arguably the greatest openside on the planet, Wallaby backrow David Pocock is a man of deeply held convictions.
Pocock famously called out Jacques Potgieter for making homophobic slurs during in a derby match between the Brumbies and Waratahs in 2015. And it wasn’t a one off moment of feigned indignation to get one up on his opponents. While they had a marriage ceremony in 2010, Pocock and his partner refused to sign marriage papers, and won’t until their their gay friends can enjoy the same rights.
It’s easy to forget that his actions on the pitch on that day were not uniformly met with praise, with sections of the media and former players criticizing the Brumbies skipper for breaking some fanciful idea of a rugby ‘omerta’.
The Wallabies captain is currently on sabbatical away from the game in Africa, but he has addressed the day he stood up against homophobia in a Dove Men Care video.
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