David Pocock
Debut 2008 vs New Zealand, Hong Kong
Caps 55 Tests
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David Pocock returned to the Wallabies and to the top of the international flankers pecking order in 2015. The 27-year-old didn’t miss a beat on his return from two consecutive knee reconstructions and an ankle issue, when he donned the gold again. Pocock continued his blistering form throughout The Rugby Championship with impressive performances against South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina, forming a lethal combination with fellow flanker, Michael Hooper. Pocock was arguably Australia’s most important player during that campaign, winning crucial turnovers in a scintillating season that put him within a whisker of the World Rugby Player of the Year award. After taking over George Smith as Australia’s first choice openside flanker in just second international season in 2009, the Zimbabwe-born forward quickly became one of the game’s dominant figures, earning IRB Player of the Year nominations in consecutive years, claiming the John Eales Medal in 2010 and eventually captaining the Wallabies in 2012.

Representative Honours

Australian Schoolboys (2005), Australia A (2007), Australian U20s captain (2008)