Pocock re-signs with Force and ARU
May 23, 2008

Emerging flanker David Pocock has agreed to a new two-year contract committing him to the Wetsern Force and Australian Rugby until the end of the 2010 season.

The 20-year-old, currently in camp with the Australian Under 20 squad for the IRB Junior World Championships in Wales next month, has also confirmed he will extend his stay at the Western Force in Perth.

Pocock played three matches for Australia A in the 2007 Pacific Nations Cup - while still a teenager - and debuted for the Force at age 17.

He also admits to having his sights set on higher honours.

"It was a fantastic experience playing for Australia A last year and I'm really looking forward to the Under 20s World Championships next month," he said.

"There are a lot of talented players in the openside flanker position vying for places in the Wallabies but it is obviously a goal of mine to play for Australia.

"I just have to keep playing well and keep improving my game and wait for my opportunity to come."

Pocock said there were a number of factors in his decision to renew his contract with the Perth-based outfit.

"I've loved my time in Perth and really enjoy playing my rugby here," said Pocock.

"Re-signing with the Emirates Western Force was more than just a rugby decision. I had to consider some aspects outside of football but I'm very happy that I've been able to secure my future with the club," he said.

"I've been here since the beginning and we've already made good progress as a team and I'm sure that will continue over the next couple of seasons."

"We've got a really good bunch of blokes here, some world class players and a fantastic coaching staff and I really believe we are heading in the right direction."

RugbyWA CEO Greg Harris said Pocock's signature was a major coup for the organisation.

"David is an exceptional rugby talent and a genuine player of the future.

"We've all seen his performances on the field over the past two seasons, but he's also a highly intelligent young man with an eye on his future post-rugby," said Harris.

Harris added the club would assist Pocock to further his education both on and off the field.

"David will have an excellent opportunity to further his academic and business aspirations to complement his rugby education in the Emirates Western Force program," said Harris.

"David is a diligent player and he considered his options carefully. His contract negotiations were managed in a very professional manner," he said.

"We are delighted that he has decided to continue his career here in Perth where he has established himself as a champion individual and an important team member both on and off the field."

While Pocock is in camp in with the Australian Under 20 squad, Wallabies selectors still have first call on any players named for the Junior World Championships.

The Wallabies squad will be named in Sydney on Monday, 2 June.

David Pocock
Position: Openside Flanker
Physical: 1.82m, 103kg
Age: 20 (Born 23/4/88 in Gweru, Zimbabwe)
Super 14 Caps: 25
Super 14 Points: 5 (1t)
Super 14 Debut: 2006 v Sharks, Durban
Representative Honours: Australian Under 20s (2008), Australia A 2007, Australian Under 19s (2006)

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