Pocock off to Africa

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by Beth Newman

David Pocock played his final Japanese match last weekend and now the flanker's beginning his 2017 sabbatical in earnest.

Pocock will be travelling to Perth to have a plate removed from his hand after breaking the appendage against England in 2016, before heading over to South Africa for wildlife conservation work.

The 28-year-old will be back in action for the start of the 2017-18 Top League season, returning to Panasonic, before rejoining the Brumbies in 2018, a season out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup.