Sport Pocock announces rugby retirement

11:51  23 october  2020
11:51  23 october  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Brumbies flanker David Pocock is expected to announce his pending retirement from Australian rugby on Tuesday before focusing on one last Speculation increased about Pocock ’s future last week, when Brumbies coach Dan McKellar alluded to ongoing discussions between his club and the

Pocock will announce his Australian domestic rugby retirement on Tuesday morning after it was decided to rule him out for the rest of the Super Rugby season. The 31-year-old, however, still hopes he can recover from a torn calf in time to play for the Wallabies at the World Cup after being limited to

Former Wallaby David Pocock has officially announced his retirement from professional rugby union.

Pocock, 32, represented the Wallabies on 83 occasions after making his debut for Australia back in 2008. He featured in three Rugby World Cups and played 112 games of Super Rugby between Brumbies and Western Force.

The openside flanker had retired from Test rugby at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup to focus on playing with Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan.

But on Friday he took to Instagram to confirm he wouldn't be returning to the Japanese competitions as he thanked his family and former teammates for helping him throughout his career.

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Pocock , 31, is set to make his 78th Test appearance for Australia in a clash against Samoa in But the flanker will end his Test career after the Rugby World Cup, which begins in Japan on 20 Pocock is the third Wallaby to announce his international retirement this week, joining Sekope Kepu and

David Pocock will retire from test rugby after the World Cup in Japan, ending an 11-year career for the Wallabies in which he starred on the field but also The 31-year-old flanker announced his retirement from Super Rugby 's ACT Brumbies in May and is expected to play rugby in Japan next year.

David Pocock smiling for the camera © Getty David Pocock

"Feels like the right time to retire from rugby," he wrote on Instagram.

"Thank you all for the support over the years! As a kid growing up in Gweru, Zimbabwe, it was my dream to play rugby and win a Rugby World Cup.

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"I'm so grateful to have all the opportunities I've had! I'd like to thank my family for their love and support and the sacrifices they made for me over the years. Thank you.

"Rugby has given me so much opportunity. From a start at the Western Force to my years at the ACT Brumbies and the Panasonic Wild Knights. I'm so grateful for the community each of those clubs provided me and the skills I was able to develop.


"It's been a huge privilege to represent Australia. As a migrant I was always so aware of the way it reflected something of the best of the Australian spirit, bringing so many cultures together, and I tried not to take that for granted.

"It's really exciting now to see the next generation of Wallabies stepping up.

"I'd also like to thank all the coaches, medical staff and administrators who've made my career possible.

"The biggest thanks, though, goes to all the teammates I've played alongside."

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