Pocock to face dream team

Wallabies flanker David Pocock is excited about the prospect of playing against the Boks.

When Pocock was growing up in Zimbabwe, he dreamt of playing for the Springboks one day. However, in 2002 he emigrated to Australia, and ultimately pulled on a gold jumper instead.

‘If I had have stayed [in Zimbabwe], my goal would have been to play for the Springboks,’ Pocock said. ‘There are a lot of Zimbabweans who have played for the Springboks. At the moment, there are a few playing for them.’

However, Pocock said he was now looking forward to playing against the Boks.

‘I’m really excited. Newlands is a great venue, and the Springboks are coming in off the win against New Zealand and the Lions Test [series], so they’d probably be pretty confident. They’ve got a lot of momentum going into [the game], so it’s a massive challenge for us but one we’re really looking forward to.’

The 21-year-old has been trying to hunt down as many Newlands tickets as possible, for family and friends.

‘I’ll be working on tickets. I might need a few for all of them,’ he said. ‘I’ve still got a lot of family [in Zimbabwe] and, with the charity there now, I’m hoping to get back there into Zimbabwe at the end of the year.’