David Pocock (rugby union)
|Full name||David Pocock|
|Date of birth||23 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Gweru, Zimbabwe|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (16 st 1 lb)|
|School||Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)|
|Notable relative(s)||Steve Pocock and Mike Pocock|
|Rugby union career|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|2006 – 2012
|Current local club||Uni-North Owls Rugby Union Club|
|correct as of 7 June 2013.|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|2008 – present||Australia||45||(20)|
|correct as of 22 April 2013.|
Early and personal life
David grew up in Zimbabwe and migrated with his family, to Brisbane, Australia, in 2002. He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane. In 2005, he played in the school's undefeated premiership-winning 1st XV alongside future Wallabies teammate Quade Cooper. That same year, he was selected to play in the Australian Schoolboys national rugby union team, the highest level of schoolboy rugby in Australia.
In between the Force’s UK tour and the Wallabies 2008 Spring Tour he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (the tallest mountain in Africa) with one of his friends, Morgan Clarke. At the end of 2010 David and his best friend Emma got married before family and friends in an informal ceremony in Perth. David and a friend (Luke O’Keefe) run a not-for-profit organisation (Eightytwenty Vision) which has the aim of helping the less fortunate people of Zimbabwe.
David played for the Force, where he made his debut in 2006 against the Sharks in Durban. David made appearances for Australian Schoolboys and Australia A in the 2007 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, earning man of the match multiple times in the tournament. He then made his Australian debut as a substitute against The Barbarians on 3 December 2008.
David made his Wallabies debut in Hong Kong in late 2008, and then played against Italy and The Barbarians on the Wallabies spring tour. That same year he also captained the Australian Under 20s at the Junior World Championships in Wales, and was then awarded the Emirates Western Force captaincy for the development tour of England.
In 2009 David played 13 Super Rugby games and was again called up to the Wallabies Squad. 2009 was a breakthrough year for David during which he featured in 13 of the 14 Tests played by Australia – including a man of the match effort in the drawn Test against Ireland at Croke Park, as well as a maiden Test try during the 33-12 win over Wales at Cardiff. David had earlier started the year by scoring his first try for his adopted country during the 55-7 win over the Barbarians in a non-cap match in Sydney. As a credit to his improving performance in the game David replaced longstanding Wallaby openside flanker George Smith, late in the 2009 Tri-Nations. In the Wales test in the 2009 Autumn Internationals, he put his thumb back into its socket after it had been dislocated and continued to play.He was, however, substituted at half-time and replaced by George Smith.
In 2010, David became the first choice openside flanker for the Wallabies.In both 2010 and 2011, David was a finalist for the IRB International Player of the Year.David took over the Wallabies captaincy during the 2012 midseason test series when regular captain James Horwill was injured. In 2010 David won the John Eales Medal – the highest honour in Australian Rugby. David’s hard work was recognized at an international level after being nominated alongside five other players for 2010 IRB Player of the Year which is an award given to the best player in world rugby. In addition he was recognised with the Australia’s Choice Wallaby of the Year and awarded the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) Medal of Excellence.
- "About Dave". David Pocock. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "David Pocock is new Wallabies captain, as team is named for Scotland Test". The Australian. News Limited. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
- "Pocock signs with Brumbies". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 29 Jul 2012. Retrieved 29 Jul 2012.
- "Pocock faces surgery". Rugby 365. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.