David Pocock has given Australian rugby a major boost today, after it has been confirmed that he extended his contract with the Brumbies and Australia until after the 2019 World Cup.
However, there is a clause in his contract allowing him to take a sabbatical in 2017 “to further his studies”, but will return in 2018.
The 27 year-old spoke of his excitement at the deal in a statement released by the ARU.
“I’m excited to commit to Australian Rugby until the end of 2019. I really appreciate the willingness the ARU and Brumbies have shown in allowing me to weigh up my desire to be available for selection leading into the next World Cup against my longevity in the game and pursuing interests outside the sport.
“I believe that after 11 seasons of professional rugby, having a year away from the sport will help increase my years in the game I love.
“It will also give me the opportunity to do a bit more study and pursue interests outside of Rugby.”
Pocock is widely regarded as the best back-row player in world rugby at present, having put in a number of powerful displays in Australia’s march to the World Cup final in England last Autumn.
This is a big boost for the Wallabies, but it also puts northern hemisphere clubs on high alert surrounding David Pocock’s availability in 2017.
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