He will now shift his focus to recover in time for the World Cup which starts in September.

Pocock only played 138 minutes of rugby this year, before a calf injury derailed his campaign.

Let’s have a look back on his career.

The 31-year-old was born in Zimbabwe on 23 April 1988.

His family then moved to Brisbane in 2002 where he completed school.

Just a few days after turning 18 he made his Super Rugby debut for the Western Force against the Sharks in Durban in 2006.

He represented the Western Force in 69 Super Rugby matches between 2006 and 2012, before moving to the Brumbies.

In 2013 he underwent a knee reconstruction and missed the entire season. In 2014, only his third game back after his knee reconstruction, he damaged an ACL and had another knee reconstruction in March 2014.

In 2015 Pocock made his comeback to the Brumbies and had a stellar season with the Canberra outfit.

Pocock signed a three-year deal with the Panasonic Wild Knights of Japan’s Top League in May 2016. The deal, agreed on in negotiations that also involved the Australian Rugby Union (now Rugby Australia), is structured so that he will be eligible to play for Australia in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

He played the 2016–17 Japanese season with the Wild Knights; once that season ended in January 2017, he took a sabbatical from all rugby until the start of the Wild Knights’ 2017–18 season.

Immediately after the end of that season, he returned to Australia to play for the Brumbies in the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby seasons, skipping the 2018–19 Japanese season.

Following the 2019 World Cup, Pocock will complete his Japanese contract in 2019–20.

Pocock made his international debut for the Wallabies in 2008 and has since played in 77 test matches.

One of the hardest men in world rugby will be missed on and off the field.

 

Written By Carl Coertzen

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