Having recently started playing for his new team in Japan, Australia back rower David Pocock has already made a huge impact for the Panasonic Wild Knights.
The Brumbies openside and number eight signed a three year contract with the Japanese team, but his contract means he is still available for the Wallabies. Pocock will take a six month sabbatical from all forms of rugby in February 2017 before going back to the Wild Knights for the 2017-2018 season.
Pocock will then return to Australia with the Brumbies for both the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby campaigns before completing his Top League contract in 2019 after the completion of the next edition of the Rugby World Cup.
Yet it appears the Panasonic Wild Knights will already be feeling very confident that the 2015 World Cup finalist is worth the time, effort and money involved. Check out this video below showing Pocock very much enjoying himself in his new environment:
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