Wallabies Flanker David Pocock Announces Retirement

End of an era.

Wallabies flanker David Pocock has announced he will retire from Test rugby after the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The legendary back-row has been struggling with injury all season but is finally set to make his return this weekend when he captains Australia against Samoa in Parramatta.

Pocock reckons Australia are in “good hands” and is grateful for everything the game has given him up to this point.

“I think looking at the flankers coming through, I think we’re in good hands and that’s exciting for Australian rugby,” Pocock told a news conference.

“I feel like I’ve put a lot into it, I’ve really enjoyed it, benefitted a huge amount.

“As an immigrant to Australia, rugby’s provided me with somewhere to make friends, to feel like I belong and obviously gone on to get huge opportunities playing professional rugby – Force, Brumbies and for the Wallabies.

“So, I feel like it’s time to move on to other things and contribute in other areas.”

The 31-year-old is expected to continue playing in Japan.