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Pocock won’t pursue Brumbies captaincy

By Crystal Ja,

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    Brumbies recruit David Pocock denies he has any designs on Ben Mowen’s captaincy while the Super Rugby club believe they can get the best out of the flanker’s attacking game.

    Pocock, who is recovering from knee surgery, arrived in Canberra this week to begin light training with the Brumbies, where he’s set to spend the next three seasons after severing ties with the Western Force.

    The move prompted speculation Mowen could be asked to step aside for Pocock – who replaced the injured James Horwill as Wallabies captain this season and led the Perth-based club – or even that it was a lure that helped persuade the flanker to sign.

    But Pocock said on Friday the issue had never come up in discussions with coach Jake White and considered it a null issue.

    Asked if he was considering putting his hand up for the role, he said: “No.

    “That doesn’t concern me one bit as far as I’m concerned.

    “Playing against them last year Ben was great for them, so I’m very happy with that.”

    Pocock said the deciding factor in the move was just his rugby development.

    He believes there’s room to improve, and he can do it surrounded by experienced coaches such as White, Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher.

    “I don’t think (winning a Super Rugby title) was part of it,” Pocock said.

    “It was just deciding where was going to be best for my rugby.

    “I felt the better opportunity was here to prove myself and challenge myself.”

    And Fisher agreed the man widely considered the world’s best openside flanker still had areas to work on.

    “Dave would be the premier defensive No.7 in the competition … but David’s attacking game is an area where we can make improvements in terms of yardage, in terms of contact yardage, in terms of gain line,” said the forwards coach.

    He denied Pocock’s recruitment in place of NSW-bound Michael Hooper – who was lauded for his attacking abilities – would force a change in the Brumbies’ style of play.

    Fisher said much of the Brumbies’ pre-season was about nursing the injured back to full health, with the franchise boasting a jaw-dropping 13 players currently on the mend from surgery.

    But he was confident the young squad was destined for the playoffs after the agony of 2012’s near-miss.

    “The genesis of our revival last season has been in hard work,” Fisher said.

    “And I’ve only seen that work ethic improve in that time, so I’m confident that we’ll get everybody back on deck and they’ll be a step ahead of where they were this year.”

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    The Crowd Says (17)

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 8:35am
      Blue Blood said | September 22nd 2012 @ 8:35am | ! Report

      Nor should he. The experience at the Force showed that he was an average captain at best. Too young but he also doesn’t have the personality to be a great leader. An on field great player doesn’t automatically make for a great captain.

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 8:48am
      Jack said | September 22nd 2012 @ 8:48am | ! Report

      David is a leader regardless of whether he is the skipper or not. Over recent years the senior players at the Brumbies lead the team astray. With Ben Mowen, Steve Moore Pat McCabe & Ben Alexander we have a great leadership group. These players gave 100% all the time. Got the best coaching staff on Oz and some of the best prospects. Welcome to the Brumbies Dave. Can’t wait for the season to start.

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 11:47am
      Keith of WA said | September 22nd 2012 @ 11:47am | ! Report

      Interesting comments from Laurie Fisher…. something that Roarers and others have noted… particularly obvious now that someone like Hooper is playing tests….

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 2:19pm
      Elliott said | September 22nd 2012 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

      What did Ben Mowen do to not earn his Wallabies jumper this season?

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        September 22nd 2012 @ 10:22pm
        Mantis said | September 22nd 2012 @ 10:22pm | ! Report

        Ive been wondering the same. If any player had ‘earned’ a spot, its him. Probably has something to do with leaving NSW.

        • September 23rd 2012 @ 4:53pm
          Stanley grella said | September 23rd 2012 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

          We lose tests in the collision and ruck, Ben Mowen is a very good superugby player but he doesn’t provide enough in contact to actually achieve at a higher level. Also both in his career at NsW and the brumbies,he gives away stupid infringements when he is outplayed, at the brumbies this yearhe seemed to get away with murder at the breakdown and it made his impact far greater than his ability but at international level he would be found wanting.

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            September 23rd 2012 @ 6:38pm
            Mantis said | September 23rd 2012 @ 6:38pm | ! Report

            Im not saying he would be a great international player, im just saying he deserves a go. You wont know what hes like at a higher level until hes actually given a go.

            • September 24th 2012 @ 12:21am
              Stanley grella said | September 24th 2012 @ 12:21am | ! Report

              U can predict his worth when you ad u that both Higgers and Dennis are far stronger in the collision but have had little impact. Taking a chance doesn’t seem like a great idea,

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 2:19pm
      Elliott said | September 22nd 2012 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

      What did Ben Mowen do to not earn his Wallabies jumper this season?

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 2:22pm
      Halleys Comet said | September 22nd 2012 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

      Widely considered the worlds best openside flanker? another subjective media opinion, no issue with “world class”

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