Brumbies coach Jake White says he wants to bring Wallaby skipper David Pocock to Canberra once he finishes his Super Rugby contract with the Western 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 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 play-offs, believes Pocock could get even better if he comes to Canberra.
The Force captain is likely to receive plenty of offers once his contract is up with the Perth-based team and White made it clear he was keen on bidding for Pocock with Brumbies set 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 said.
“There’s been talk that David is coming up for renewal of 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 Hooper.
“I made it clear from when I took the job that I wanted people to come if they wanted to become better players and they can improve their rugby in Canberra. It would be wonderful if a chap like Pocock says ‘I want to come and be part of something that I think is special in Canberra’.”