David Pocock Issues Heartfelt Apology Following Ban For Nasty Neck Grab


Australia flanker David Pocock has issued a heartfelt apology for his choke hold on Chiefs’ Michael Leitch that saw him banned for two rounds of Super Rugby.

Pocock admitted he was ‘incredibly disappointed’ with his actions during the Brumbies’ 48-23 victory. After the maul at which the incident occurred, Leitch required attention from medics as he lay on the ground holding his neck

In a statement on his website Pocock said:

Yesterday I faced the judiciary for the first time in my rugby career. I am incredibly disappointed with my actions. I endeavour to play the game I love in a way that reflects the kind of toughness and decency I think rugby can teach us. 

On Saturday night I did not live up to those standards, placing Michael Leitch in danger by binding on his neck in a maul. It was not my intention to hurt Michael, but in these sorts of circumstances it is not intention that matters. I am grateful that World Rugby and SANZAAR are concerned about making the game safer for all of us. 

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to Michael. And to apologise to the Chiefs, Brumbies and all those who follow rugby. I’d also like to apologise to my team mates who I will let down over the next few weeks while suspended.


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