Po­cock’s chance to take ac­tivism global

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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

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