David Pocock added another entry to his repertoire of classy acts on Wednesday night, issuing a public apology for an incident that handed him his first Super Rugby suspension.
Pocock was suspended for three weeks after pleading guilty to grabbing Michael Leitch's neck in a maul during the Brumbies' 23-48 loss to the Chiefs.
The 27-year-old took to his blog davidpocock.com to pen a heartfelt apology for the incident that will see him miss two Super Rugby matches.
I'd like to apologise for what happened in the game on Saturday night. 140 characters is not quite enough: https://t.co/hJ39cODDwr— David Pocock (@pocockdavid) April 6, 2016
"Yesterday I faced the judiciary for the first time in my rugby career. I am incredibly disappointed with my actions. I endeavour to play the game I love in a way that reflects the kind of toughness and decency I think rugby can teach us," he wrote.
"On Saturday night I did not live up to those standards, placing Michael Leitch in danger by binding on his neck in a maul. It was not my intention to hurt Michael, but in these sorts of circumstances it is not intention that matters. I am grateful that World Rugby and SANZAAR are concerned about making the game safer for all of us.
I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to Michael. And to apologise to the Chiefs, Brumbies and all those who follow rugby. I'd also like to apologise to my team mates who I will let down over the next few weeks while suspended."
Pocock will miss the Brumbies matches against the Waratahs and the Crusaders, returning for their clash against the Highlanders in New Zealand on April 30.