Written warning for Pocock

Date published: December 1 2014

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The Australian Rugby Union has issued a formal written warning to Brumbies flanker David Pocock following his arrest on Sunday.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has issued a formal written warning to Brumbies openside flanker David Pocock after his arrest on Sunday.

Pocock was arrested after chaining himself to a digger for ten hours in protest over a proposed coalmine in New South Wales’ Leard Forest.

And in a statement published on Monday, the ARU has given the player, who has now returned to pre-season training, a formal written warning.

“While we appreciate David has personal views on a range of matters, we’ve made it clear that we expect his priority to be ensuring he can fulfil his role as a high-performance athlete,” they said.

“The matter is now subject to legal proceedings and we will now let the legal process take its course.”

Brumbies chief executive, Doug Edwards, added: “Although I’m aware of David’s passion and concern for environmental issues, he has clearly breached the ARU’s Code of Conduct and put the Brumbies in a difficult situation.

“The matter will be dealt with by the NSW Police, so we are not at liberty to make any further comments at this stage.”

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