David Pocock will retire from Test rugby after the World Cup in Japan, ending an 11-year Livelihood.
Pocock will captain Australia against Samoa in Sydney in which would be his test in his overall along with Australia.
“I really feel like it is time to move onto anything else and lead to different areas,” Pocock said on Friday at the team captain’s run.
Next year, the flanker announced his retirement from the Brumbies of Super Rugby and is expected to play rugby in Japan.
“On a personal note you reflect on the time you’ve had at a Wallabies jersey, everything you have tried to add, the legacy you hope you’ll leave and then just the chance to play in front of family and friends one final time,” Pocock added.
After maintaining long-term wing injuries saturday’s match will be the fourth match of rugby this season and Test since November of Pocock.
He also made his debut and will go down as a member of the finest back-rowers of Australia.
The Zimbabwean-born Pocock moved with his family to Australia when he was 14.
Since achieving a profile because of his skills, he has taken on many social causes, arguing also to end homophobia in game, and to adopt same-sex marriage, which it has.
He was formerly arrested for protesting against a coal mine in New South Wales, and was a outspoken environmental supporter and in commenting on the hazards of climate change.
Pocock said he and Emma Palandri, his longtime partner, wouldn’t wed until union was lawful in Australia.
They had been married after the Australian government enacted laws to permit same-sex union.
“At that period in 2010 we had a small ceremony with family and friends, but decided we did not want to sign anything our friends couldn’t,” Pocock said in a magazine interview at 2018.
“It’s kind of just been a private stand… today the [same-sex union debate] is done, it is a fantastic thing. I believe everybody should be grateful about LGBTI people who made this happen and the activists. I really do believe that it makes our society going ahead.”
Though some sports stars’ Twitter feeds talk about their sport, Pocock media is full of references into farming, wind turbines, climate change and nature photos.
“The earth is shifting. We must change with it. We will need to work together to design solutions for the planet we call home,” Pocock said in a conversation from June.
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