The Zimbabwe-born back-rower is a breakdown and turnover specialist of the highest calibre.

Having emigrated to Australia with his family in 2002, Pocock earned his first cap for the Wallabies six years later and it says everything you need to know about Pocock’s quality that, within a year, he had ousted the great George Smith as Australia’s first-choice openside.

In 2010 and 2011, he was one of the nominations for World Player of the Year, and in 2012 he was made Wallaby captain.

Unfortunately for both player and country, Pocock’s career has been hit by injury. Between 2013-14, he has had to have two knee reconstruction surgeries and there were fears he might have to retire.

But he showed his fortitude by returning to the Australia line-up in the Rugby Championship in 2015. He was one of the stars of the show as the Wallabies shocked the All Blacks in Sydney and could form a devastating back row alongside Michael Hooper in the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

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