David Pocock
Position Flanker
Date of birth 23 April 1988
Height 183cm
Weight 103kg
Debut 2008 vs New Zealand, Hong Kong
Caps 55 Tests
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Biography

A master at the breakdown and one of the game’s finest openside flankers, rugby is just one element of the man that is David Pocock. Outside the game he is well-known for his social activism, involvement in charity, views on conservation, and a passion for nature that comes from his “idyllic” early childhood in Africa. Pocock grew up in a farming area just outside of Gweru, Zimbabwe and began to play rugby as an eight-year-old at the Midlands Christian School. His family fled the country and moved to Brisbane after their farm was taken in the Zimbabwe government’s land reform program. Pocock attended Anglican Church Grammar School where he “threw” himself into a variety of sports, notably rugby and water polo. Pocock toured with Australian Schools to the U.K. alongside future fellow Wallabies Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper. Upon his return Pocock moved to Perth and joined the Western Force on an apprentice contract for their maiden Super Rugby 2006 season, before making his debut in the last game of that season. A former Australia U20s captain, he made his Wallabies debut in 2008. In 2012, at age 23, he became the 79th Wallabies captain. Injuries hindered him at times but the resilient forward bounced back to be a force in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Highlights

2005
Represented Australian Schools against Japan High Schools, Samoan U18s and New Zealand Schools. He was then selected to tour the U.K. and Ireland where he started at No.7 in all four Tests against England U17s, England U18s, Wales U18s and Ireland U18s.

2006
Selected in the Australian squad which won the U19s Junior World Championship title in the United Arab Emirates.

2007
Selected in the Australian squad for the IRB U19s Junior World Championship title in Ireland.

2008
Pocock captained Australia at the inaugural U20s Junior World Championships in Wales and won his first Test cap off the bench against New Zealand in Hong Kong. He picked up a second cap as a replacement in the Spring Tour Test against Italy in Padova.

2009
Pocock played in 13 of the season’s 14 Tests and by the Spring Tour had established himself as Australia’s first-choice openside flanker. He won his first Test start against Italy in Melbourne.

2010
Pocock started at openside flanker in all 15 Tests of 2010. His dominant season was crowned when he won the prestigious John Eales Medal.

2011
Pocock played 10 Tests and won selection in his first Rugby World Cup. His performance in Australia’s quarter-final win over South Africa is considered one of the greatest individual Test performances.

2012
Pocock became the 79th Wallaby to captain his country when selected to lead the side in the one-off Test against Scotland, the three Test home series against Wales and the Rugby Championship. His season was interrupted when forced to undergo surgery after he damaged the articular cartilage in his right knee, but he returned for the final internatoinal of the year.

2013
Pocock missed the entire international season after he underwent surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

2014
Pocock was ruled out of the Wallabies’ Test season after he re-ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for the Brumbies.

2015
Pocock returned with a vengeance in 2015. He won his 50th Test cap, oddly off the bench, in the second Bledisloe Test in New Zealand. In total Pocock won nine Test caps in 2015 and starred as a No.8 at the Rugby World Cup alongside Wallabies openside flanker Michael Hooper.

2016
Pocock earned a further 11 caps throughout the 2016 season, six of which came as the run-on XV No.8.

2017
A 12-month sabbatical put Pocock out of the Wallabies fold for the 2017 Test season.

International 2018 season

Tries 1
Points 5
Carries 16
Metres 17
Successful Tackles 43
Missed Tackles 2