David Po­cock


The Zim­babwe-born 27-year-old Wal­laby and ac­tivist eas­ily epit­o­mises any plucked def­i­ni­tion of chivalry.

“Good man­ners and con­sid­er­ate be­hav­iour to­wards oth­ers, es­pe­cially of men to­wards women,” reads the printed dic­tionary, and oc­ca­sional doorstop, that we still leaf through. Daily. And it’s right – Po­cock iden­ti­fies as a fem­i­nist, he and part­ner, Emma, refuse to be le­gally wed un­til Aus­tralia achieves equal­ity in this union and, when not chain­ing him­self to a dig­ger in protest of a planned mine, he’s happy to call out a fel­low pro­fes­sional rugby union player, on field, for his use of a ho­mo­pho­bic slur. Hav­ing in­ter­viewed him, we can also vouch for his po­lite­ness. Well played, sir.

Celebri­ties Can ‘Do One’

Po­cock’s claimed more than 50 caps for Aus­tralia, is the founder of char­ity Eightytwenty Vi­sion and an avid cam­paigner for cli­mate change. Then there’s his per­spec­tive: “Who Kim Kar­dashian is with, or names her child, will hon­estly have no ma­te­rial im­pact on my life. But an ap­proval of a new coal mine will po­ten­tially have a huge im­pact on me and those around me.”

A Gen­tle­manly War­rior

As ACT Brumbies and Wal­la­bies sup­port­ers will at­test, Po­cock pos­sesses an abil­ity to slay all­com­ers. As seen at this year’s Rugby World Cup – thump­ing tack­les, brutish runs, a gen­eral’s calm. He stands tall. And proud. But it’s the mod­esty of his ral­ly­ing talk that in­spires most. “For me it’s sim­ple – stand up for things that you re­ally be­lieve in,” he urges. By pre­sent­ing him with this award, we’re do­ing ex­actly that. Who said chivalry was dead?

Wool jumper, $149, and cot­ton chi­nos, $99.95, both by Trenery, at David Jones.

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