Pocock’s chance to take activism global
the Rugby World Cup. He wrote in a confessional diary style, with Emma helping to edit.
Cynics would say such a young sportsman releasing a book was a moneymaking stunt and Pocock probably would not disagree, as he used the profits to fund charitable work in Zimbabwe. He was outspoken about refusing a lucrative boot sponsorship deal due to child sweatshop labour used by major sportswear brands.
Pocock’s early life in Zimbabwe is key to unlocking why he has shown such resilience in returning repeatedly from injury and such conviction in sticking to his principles. Speaking in Tokyo, where his side were making preparations in the incongruous surroundings of a resort hotel next to Disneyland, he explained that this time of year holds special poignancy as it marks the anniversary of his family emigrating to Australia after the government had confiscated their farm.
“I think it was 17 years to the day this week that my family arrived in Australia. So, to be at a World Cup with the Wallabies reflecting on that is pretty special,” he said.
Different: David Pocock in Australia kit and (above) his marriage to partner Emma in a simple outback ceremony