David Pocock has reportedly received an offer from Wasps.
Last night The Telegraph reported that Wasps had launched an audacious bid to lure David Pocock to the Ricoh Arena this summer.
Encouraged by Pocock’s desire to take a one year sabbatical, Wasps have reportedly offered the open side an annual salary of £1.4 million, a sum that would see him become rugby’s highest paid player.
Nevertheless, although The Telegraph did claim that Pocock ‘is understood to be open to the possibility of playing in England’, the move remains far from certain, as the flanker has only yet stated that he wants to pursue academic interests in the UK.
However this morning, the Australian Daily Telegraph have reported that the Brumbies have acceded to Pocock’s request for a one year sabbatical.
Having previously announced their opposition to Pocock’s demand, it now appears that the Australian Rugby Union will sign off a new four year contract for the flanker, that will allow him take a sabbatical after the completion of the 2016 Super Rugby season.
Brumbies Chief Executive, Michael Jones, confirmed the news, stating, ‘I said very early on that I would prefer there to not be a sabbatical but at the end of the day, he is the best player in the world and we want to retain him. If that is the price we have to pay, that’s the price we have to pay’.
Although Pocock has been given the green light to leave the Brumbies, his intentions are not yet clear. While the open side has expressed a desire to further his education in England, the Daily Telegraph also claim that he may use ‘his profile to work on social justice and charity projects’.
Indeed, besides the reported offer from Wasps, Pocock has previously received contract offers from a litany of French clubs including, Bordeaux Bégles, Toulouse, Racing 92 and Toulon.
Their interest might in Pocock might now be rekindled, while the Daily Telegraph also suggest a move to Japan might also be a possibility.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena