Moore aims for perfect Pocock send-off

Date published: December 3 2016

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore wants to give David Pocock the ideal send-off ahead of his final match before his sabbatical.

Pocock is set for a six-month break before playing in Japan with Panasonic Wild Knights, keeping him out of international rugby for 2017.

The flanker has been in phenomenal form over the last few weeks while the Wallabies have been on tour in Europe, even by his own high standards.

“David Pocock will want to go out in the right fashion and the team wants to send him out in the right fashion,” Moore said.

“He’s been a big contributor to the team this year and has made the decision to take some time off, so we want to make it a good finish for him.”

Moore dismissed the idea that facing England would fire the Wallabies up more than any other Test match, stressing that the focus instead was on performing as a group in Australia’s final Test of the year.

“There’s extra motivation, not because we’re playing England but because we want to do well for ourselves and our country. That’s the motivation, not the opposition we’re playing,” Moore added.

“This is the last time this group will have played together as a team and we’ve put a lot of emphasis on that. This is the last chance we’ll get to play together.

“That means different things to different players, but if a player can take motivation from that, then that’s good.”

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