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I agree kkovak. And this guy is a sook - good God, look at what the Force have done for him!! And this is the response. I think there is a pretty talented Irish guy living in Perth who would give the No. 7 a good shake, and would be a reliable long term Force man! He spent a year (or more??) in NZ learning the skills needed.
Posted 14:51 29th July 2012
D. Pocock lacks confidence to realise his ppotential fully. He maybe quality no.7 but not a quality captain. Still young though and long way to go. To become great like J. Eales, S. Mortlock, G. Gregan, G.Smith, T. Horan, W.Genia and,S. Larkham, he needs to improve his confidence similar to theirs. He is missing the point to become a match-winning individual. He could hev done it at the Force but was not able to. This year he proved quite average. Not impressive for the Wallabies either.
Posted 09:18 29th July 2012
God I hate this guy when he plays against us, he is so bloody good, I made the comment 4 years ago, that the kid was something. Good luck David because on top of being a top rugby player you are also a top class human being, unlike a lot of the Ausie prima donas that are legents in their own brains. And you also didn't make one single comment about brand Pocock.
Posted 09:11 29th July 2012
Two African mates are joining up; good for them both!
Posted 06:18 29th July 2012
@theGadflY: r u in a hury or is yr kbd brkn? Jst askn, ppl here usualy typ lk adults.
Posted 23:21 28th July 2012
Thankfully the depth of Convict rugby will mean the Force will remain a force to be reckoned with and not another bag of easy beat Super Rugby points per season for the Convict conference.
Posted 21:55 28th July 2012
Get rid of Super Rugby. Let Australia, NZ and RSA each have their own domestic competition and create a Heineken Cup style event based on that. Pit the winner against the NH H-Cup winner and there you go...we all win. If the Force are in a position where all their big names have left and they get an extra foreign import than their Australian counterparts then they're clearly in no position to be valid in Super Rugby.
Posted 20:37 28th July 2012
the number of teams shld b reduced to 12.havin teams like lions,rebels,force and cheetahs are pointles.and the conference crap must b abandond,it definitely favours weaker conferences like AUS.atm even AUS top teams r nt as gud as da top teams of othr 2
Posted 18:25 28th July 2012
David Pocock is already a very good player.... thanks to the Force and in particular Jon Mitchell for 'fast tracking' him into competitive rugby.... also thank Robbie Deans for picking and playing him in the Wallaby team ahead of older more established number sevens.
There are only two states producing quality players - and each of these suffered with the expansion of Super rugby franchises. There are many good rugby players being produced through the school rugby system. However, there is no credible competition below Super Rugby level that can be used to prepare future Super Rugby players. This only highlights the lack of real depth of rugby union in Australia. The Doomsday scenario for the Western Force is also likely to happen.... simply because most of the players signed up to play for them are imported in from elsewhere. Perth is hardly a hotbead of rugby union!
Posted 17:26 28th July 2012
You can understand Pococks frustration ,and why he now feels he must move on.The Force for all their efforts just cant attract the top Austalian talant.Which is pretty slim atm ,compared to alot of countries. This is imho the ARUs and O'Neils biggest failing The lack of a domestic competion is now really hindering the development of rugby union in Australia and denying oppotuneites for players who want to play but just arnt yet S15 standard..More and more will Australian S15 francises be filled with forgien born players,or as we have seen already their quality overall will continue to decline In all honesty can any wallaby fan say that atm the Tahs Rebels and Brunbies Force can challange for the S15 championship only the REDS are a credable competior in the S15 atm and that wont last without more talant being produced.The change in format has given Australia a window to do this ,but it is a very small window of oppotunity my best guess is 3 maybe 4 yrs max
Posted 16:27 28th July 2012
Couldn't be a better replacement for Michael Hooper.
I agree with you kkovak O'Neil hasn't really done much for Australian Rugby. We have so much untapped talent and ability which under his watch has been completely neglected. I hope you wrong about the force it would be a shame.
Posted 15:26 28th July 2012
The ARU under O Neill's stewartship has a lot to answer for , the only interest these people have is the well being of QLD and NSW , and they have not even managed that well . The Force are gone as a franchise and will be lucky to survive 5 years . Well done O Neill
Posted 13:51 28th July 2012
Good for him, a player of his quality deserves to be part of a team that at least has a chance of winning. There's no point being one of the best players in the world and then being part of a team that's at the bottom of the table every year.
Posted 13:46 28th July 2012
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