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Dangermen of the Rugby World Cup – David Pocock

unnamed (1)Rugby World Cup David Pocock: Not many people know this about vice-captain David Pocock, but he actually grew up in rural Zimbabwe before his family’s farm was repossessed by the Zimbabwean government and they moved to Brisbane, Australia in 2002. What a move that turned out to be…

Pocock is now known as one of the most potent openside flankers in world rugby. The quintessential breakdown warrior, his tenacity and turnover rate is something to be feared by all opposition. He started his professional career before age eighteen as a run-on substitute for the Western Force in 2006 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

In 2008 he captained the Australian U20s at the Junior World Championship and then later that year made his Wallaby debut against New Zealand in Hong Kong. In 2010 he was recognised by his peers for his efforts, being awarded the John Eales Medal. In 2011 he played in the Rugby World Cup, where the Wallabies finished third.

Pocock made his move to the ACT Brumbies in 2013 after seven seasons with the Western Force. Unfortunately a knee injury has been hampering his progress for the past two years and it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll be allowed to make an impact in year’s World Cup competition. He was left out of the side that faced South Africa on this past Saturday in favor of Michael Hooper.

So while David Pocock might not be at the very top of his game at the moment, there’s a reason he’s been included as one of the Dangermen of the World Cup. Robbie Deans had this to say about Pocock;

“He is a physical freak. He has such a low centre of gravity, he’s got such strength and he’s quick and he’s smart. So he gets into good position and he claims good position. He’s nigh impossible to move and he gets the benefit of that.”

If he can get back to form before the upcoming Rugby World Cup then Australia will be a considerably more dangerous force to be reckoned with. To all Australian opposition, we have some advice; If Pocock hits the field, hold on tight.

author: Zone Fitness