Pocock is in White's plans
Canberra - The Brumbies hope David Pocock will follow the path created by
George Smith and become the second openside flank superstar in the
club's history as they attempt to lure him to Canberra next year.
But Brumbies coach Jake White insists he will not
pressure Australia's premier No 7 into a decision and is happy to wait
until Pocock is ready to finalise his future.
Force skipper Pocock is off contract at the end
of the Super Rugby season and White has contacted him to express his
Pocock would be a perfect fit at the Brumbies after the two-time champions lost Michael Hooper to the Waratahs last week.
The Brumbies were blessed with Wallabies great Smith
filling the No 7 duties for almost a decade, while Hooper is viewed as a
Injured Brumby Colby Faingaa is also highly rated, but
White said he would be ''crazy'' not to consider signing the Wallabies
The former Springboks coach is also keen to use his South
African contacts to help grow Pocock's charitable foundation,
Eightytwenty Vision, which helps underprivileged people in rural
The chance to work closely with politicians in Canberra could also attract Pocock to the Brumbies.
But after a week of turmoil at the Force where the
players voted to oust coach Richard Graham, White said the recruiting
process was sensitive and ''there's no rush''.
''There's always going to be speculation about the top
players … we have shown an interest in [Pocock] just like all other
franchises have,'' White said.
''But there's no rush, the fact he would consider [joining the Brumbies] is fantastic.
''We want to become better and better and better every
year, so if bringing him to the Brumbies would send a positive message
and I'm sure it will add value to us.
''I respect the fact David doesn't want to rush into anything and I'm not going to put pressure on him.
''When the time is right we would be happy to offer him something if he's keen.''
The Brumbies' impressive start to the season will help them in their pursuit of Pocock.
They unexpectedly sit at the top of the Australian
conference and will attempt to extend their lead when they play the Lions on Friday.
Pocock is the best player on the Force's roster and he is
trying to lead the club through one of the most difficult periods in
Graham was sacked last week after it was announced he had
signed to become the Reds' coach for the next Super Rugby
The Force is keen to secure Pocock beyond the end of the year.
But after watching the Brumbies' new generation rapidly evolve into a strong team, Pocock could be keen to move to Canberra.
Pocock - who turned 24 on Monday - is the best No 7 in
Australia and is considered one of the premier openside flanks in the
If he does decide to join the Brumbies, it would be a massive coup for a club which had a disastrous campaign last year.
White has put the Brumbies in a position where they are considered a chance of breaking their seven year finals drought.
Expectations for the young group are beginning to change and White was confident his team could handle the extra attention.
''It's nice for us that people are seeing us as a team that can win against tough oppositions,'' White said.
''Outsiders didn't think we would win a game this season so we don't think about that … every week the pressure is different.''