David Pocock: Wallaby great trades rucks for parliament after being named ACT independent senator

Dylan Coetzee

Wallaby great David Pocock has been confirmed as the first independent senator in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) by the Electoral Commission earlier today.

Pocock played 78 Tests for Australia and earned his reputation through unparalleled prowess at the breakdown.

After plying his trade for the Western Force, Brumbies and the Panasonic Wild Knights, the former loose forward hung up his boots in 2020.

Independent senator

The 34-year-old turned his attention to politics as he aimed to claim an independent senate seat through his campaign based on people and climate change. Pocock achieved his goal this week, unseating former minister Zed Seselja.

“Our campaign aimed to make politics about people,” Pocock said to ESPN.

“We built a policy platform off the back of thousands of conversations about things that matter. We kept it positive. We talked about the issues and ideas for the future and it clearly resonated.”

Pocock’s achievement is one to behold as the sporting star trades the oval ball for a seat in the upper house of parliament and has found the political space challenging.

“On the rugby field at least there’s a referee,” he told ABC TV earlier this year.

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