SYDNEY – Australia forward David Pocock confirmed on Friday that he would play no more test rugby after taking part in his third Rugby World Cup for the Wallabies in Japan.
The 31-year-old flanker, who will captain Australia in their final World Cup warm-up against Samoa in Sydney on Saturday, had already made it clear in May he would not be seeking a new contract with Rugby Australia.
As befits a player who does his best work in the dark corners of the ruck, Pocock made the announcement by stealth, telling a news conference it was going to be good “finishing up” with scrumhalf Will Genia.
He later made it clearer when asked about playing his last test on home soil.
“I guess on a personal note, it adds a bit,” he said.