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Jake has Pocock in his sights

2012-07-01 13:28

Sydney - Brumbies coach Jake White said on Sunday he wants to bring Wallaby skipper David Pocock to Canberra once he finishes his Super Rugby contract with the Force.

The former Springbok World Cup-winning coach got a first-hand look at what star flanker Pocock can do for his team next year in the Brumbies' 28-17 Super Rugby win over the Force in Perth on Saturday.

White, who has moulded the Brumbies into the leaders of the Australian conference as they head for this year's Super Rugby playoffs, believes Pocock could get even better if he comes to Canberra.

The Force captain is set to receive plenty of offers once his contract is up with the Perth-based team and White made it clear he is keen on bidding for Pocock with Brumbies to lose openside flanker Michael Hooper to the Waratahs next year.

"All I've done is make it quite clear that we have place in our roster for an openside flanker because Michael is obviously going back to the Waratahs," White told reporters.

"There's been talk that David is coming up for renewal in his contract and we are handling it as diplomatic as we can in terms of giving him space.

"If he decides to come, that's fantastic and if he doesn't we have to keep going and find another player like Michael Hooper.

"I made it clear from when I took the job that I want people to come if they want to become better players and they can improve their rugby in Canberra.

"It would be wonderful if a chap like David Pocock says 'I want to come and be part of something that I think is special in Canberra'."

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Comments
  • altusvanzyl - 2012-07-01 13:51

    man met 'n plan

  • Phillip - 2012-07-01 14:01

    What? No one to fetch you a beer, Jake?

      Press - 2012-07-01 14:07

      His kids must be out of the house by now . . .

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-01 14:48

    The latest Scrum V poll: Who will claim the Super Rugby title in 2012? Chiefs 37 votes Stormers 25 votes Crusaders 14 votes Bulls 7 votes Reds 7 votes Sharks 4 votes Brumbies 2 votes Hurricanes 1 vote

  • brendan.vanderpluym - 2012-07-01 18:39

    Didn't White dismiss the need for a dedicated fetcher flank when he was coaching the Boks?\r\nWell, he'entitled to change his mind, but odd.

  • paulredlegs - 2012-07-01 18:50

    is this Jake "what is a fetcher" White - changing his spots?

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