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Former Wallabies Star David Pocock Retires — Glimpse inside His Career and Plans for the Future

Afouda Bamidele
Oct 27, 2020
01:40 A.M.
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Australian Rugby player and former Wallabies teammate, David Pocock, has announced his retirement from the game. The athlete now has plans to focus on causes dear to his heart.

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After about 15 years of making an impact in the world of rugby, the talented David Pocock is ready to hang up his boots and say goodbye to a sport he has loved from his teenage years.

However, his retirement from the game does not mean Pocock would sit back and fold his arms as the 32-year-old plans to keep bringing joy and hope to the world differently.

David Pocock of the Wallabies poses following an Australian Wallabies training session at Little Manly Beach on August 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia | Photo: Getty Images

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RETIREMENT AND FUTURE PLANS

It was announced that Pocock would not return to the Panasonic Wild Knights and participate in the next Japanese Top Leauge season. Pocock, who left the Brumbies after the 2019 Super Rugby Season, said that nothing, in particular, made him retire. Instead, he felt it was the right time to focus on other things. Nevertheless, rugby will always take the place of priority in his life as he said

"Rugby has given me so many opportunities, and I'm really keen to continue supporting the next generation of players here in Australia and in Zimbabwe."

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Apart from helping the younger generation of rugby players, Pocock plans to use his degree in ecological agricultural systems to better the world. His focus would be majorly on conservation and environmental issues.

HIS IMPRESSIVE CAREER

The Zimbabwe-born athlete played the position of defensive openside flanker. He was with the Wallabies from 2008 to 2019 and participated in the Super Rugby for the ACT Brumbies and Western Force.

In 2019, Pocock left the Super Rugby League and said goodbye to the ACT Brumbies to focus on the world cup. That was to be his third and final world cup appearance.

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Pocock's career picked off six years after his family relocated to Australia from Zimbabwe when he was selected for the Wallabies. Before then, he was with the Western Force as an 18-year-old. However, his career didn't pick up until 2009, when featured in 13 of Australia's 14 Tests. He helped the country defeat South Africa and the Barbarians.

By 2010, Pocock was the captain of the Wallabies and led them to a 3-0 series win over Wales. Unfortunately, in 2012 he sustained a series of knee injuries but came back stronger after knee-construction surgeries in 2013.

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WORLD CUP AND OTHER INTERESTS

In 2019, Pocock left the Super Rugby League and said goodbye to the ACT Brumbies to focus on the world cup. That was to be his third and final world cup appearance. His first game was in 2011 when he led his country to the semi-finals. In 2015, he led them to the finals, but they conceded to New Zealand. 

 

Away from sports, Pocock's passion for the environment might put him on the path of politics as he once revealed that the government hadn't done much about climate change, and he would love to fix that. Nevertheless, Pocock isn't sure about holding an office, but he's confident that he will get to work on environmental issues.

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