ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Mar 29, 2018

OPEN SIDE: Fascinating insight into David Pocock's return to Africa

David Pocock makes his long-awaited return for the Brumbies this weekend in Super Rugby. The Zimbabwean-Australian flanker stepped away from the game in 2016 for a year long break, heading back to his former family home in Africa. 

This three-part documentary, Open Side, gives us a glimpse into the trials and tribulations he and partner Emma went through while over in Zimbabwe, running their family farm. 

It was a taxing challenge for the couple, but one they tackled head on, fully immersing themselves in African life away from rugby. It’s a fascinating insight into how the couple operate, and shows the level of commitment Pocock has for whatever he sets his mind to.

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

The 29-year-old has been unable to train for the past two months after he underwent knee surgery, so it’s been a frustrating wait, but one that he has used to get his body 100% ready.

This weekend’s return sees him rack up his 100th Super Rugby match, with 69 appearances for the Force, before he moved to the Brumbies in 2013. 

Coach Dan McKellar hasn’t hesitated in rushing him back into the starting team. 

The Brumbies host the Waratahs at GIO Stadium in Canberra at 19:45 on Saturday.

Brumbies team: 15. Andy Muirhead, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Lausii Taliauli, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Isi Naisarani, 7. David Pocock, 6. Lachie McCaffrey, 5. Rory Arnold, 4. Blake Enever, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Folau Faingaa, 1. Scott Sio.
Reserves: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Faalelei Sione, 18. Mees Erasmus, 19. Richie Arnold, 20. Tom Cusack, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Kyle Godwin, 23. Tom Banks.

Waratahs team: 15. Bryce Hegarty, 14. Israel Folau, 13. Curtis Rona, 12. Kurtley Beale, 11. Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Jake Gordon, 8. Jed Holloway, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Michael Wells, 5. Rob Simmons, 4. Ned Hannigan, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Damien Fitzpatrick, 1. Tom Robertson.
Reserves: Hugh Roach, 17. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18. Paddy Ryan, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Will Miller, 21. Mitchell Short, 22. Lalakai Foketi, 23. Alex Newsome.

POCOCK PRESS CONFERENCE & TRAINING AHEAD OF RETURN

credit: rugby.com.au/brumbies

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge puts on his boxing gloves ready...

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Doping scandal hits the English Premiership...

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Former international captain retires



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Italian Star With A Mind Blowing Finish For Toulouse

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Quick Thinking Etzebeth Scores Thrilling Try To Keep Sharks Alive In London

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Carlin Isles scores cracking tries in return to sevens rugby

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Nasty Stamp During Top 14 Clash Caught Up Close On Camera

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Leicester Tigers And Springbok Number Eight In Hot Water For Sickening Ankle Roll

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Controversy Brewing Following Lack Of TMO intervention In ‘Dangerous’ Toulouse Tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Toulouse demonstrate power with spine tingling hits

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Ugly Club Rugby Incident Caught On Camera

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Almost 35,000 have now signed petition to reverse new grassroots tackle laws

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    RFU introduce maximum of waist high tackling in amateur rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Big players omitted in Borthwick's new squad and Jones finds a new job - The fallout

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Funnies

  • 21 HOURS AGO

    Skydiver Interrupts Rugby Match With Clear High Tackle

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Australian Broadcasters Slammed For ‘Pathetic’ Attack On International Referee

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    “I’m Too Old” Referee Substituted In Bizarre Incident

View All

Amateur

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Sarah Mckenna plays crossbar challenge with cheeky drop goal

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Capuozzo shows class with 'superman' flying finish

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Slade out and Lions star in as England injuries cause changes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Josh Bassett signs for new premiership team after short stay at Harlequins

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter fly half to depart for France

View All