Wallabies legend David Pocock has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 32.
The openside flanker represented the Wallabies 83 times across 11 years, but says “the time was right” to hang up his boots.
Pocock left the ACT Brumbies after the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season before joining Japanese Top League club, the Panasonic Wild Knights, where he finished the 2019-20 season after Australia’s failed World Cup campaign.
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David Pocock has called time on his career.Source:Getty Images
He was set to return to the Wild Knights this campaign but opted to retire to focus on his conservation efforts.
“There was no one pivotal moment or thing that made me want to retire now, I just had a sense that the time was right,” Pocock told Guardian Australia.
“No doubt it’s going to be challenging, but it’s exciting,” he told ABC.
The 2020 John Eales medallist also was nominated three times for the world player of the year, captained the Wallabies since 2012, and appeared at three World Cups – including a memorable 2015 campaign where he was one of the tournament’s shining lights.
He will remain involved in grassroots rugby.
“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,” he told The Guardian.
“There’s so much young talent in both places who could really benefit from strong pathways.”
He is studying a masters of sustainable agriculture and is also working on a regenerative agriculture and community development project in Zimbabwe, the country of his birth.
Originally published asWallabies icon Pocock calls time on legendary career
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