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White still keen on Pocock for Brumbies in 2013

Force captain David Pocock is yet to reveal where he is playing next season

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Article Published: Sunday 1 July 2012|

Brumbies coach Jake White says he is still interested in signing Western Force captain David Pocock and says there is an offer waiting for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

White had a first hand display of what Pocock can do over the weekend when the Force fought their way back into the match against his Brumbies.

The former South Africa coach says that he does not want to pressure Pocock into making a decision but also made it clear that he wants the Wallaby captain in Canberra.

Pocock comes off contract with the Western Force at the end of the season which is also when openside flanker Michael Hooper will leave the Brumbies for the Waratahs to Pocock would be the perfect replacement.

"All I've done is make it quite clear that we have place in our roster for an openside flanker because Michael is obviously going back to the Waratahs," White told AAP.

"There's been talk that David is coming up for renewal in his contract and we are handling it as diplomatic as we can in terms of giving him space.

"If he decides to come, that's fantastic and if he doesn't we have to keep going and find another player like Michael Hooper.

"I made it clear from when I took the job that I want people to come if they want to become better players and they can improve their rugby in Canberra.

"It would be wonderful if a chap like David Pocock says `I want to come and be part of something that I think is special in Canberra'."

Pocock did not want any of the attention to be focused on him as the match was Nathan Sharpe's last in Perth.

"I wouldn't focus too much on me after this game. It's all about Sharpey and he has put so much into this club, and you see how much it means to him," Pocock said.

"From my point of view, it was disappointing to put out a first half performance like that even though we showed character to come back."

Despite the Force's comeback the Brumbies won the match 17-28 and will finish the regular season with matches against the Waratahs and Blues who are both out of the race for the play offs.

White knows that the Waratahs will be determined to claim the Brumbies scalp to end their season on a brighter note.

"They have lost six in a row and there's obviously a bit of negativity in the Waratah camp in terms of coaches staying and going, but all we've got to do is make sure we get the job right," White said.

"If we just keep winning everything will fall into place. "

"We have five weeks left of Super Rugby and if we win every game from now on in then we win the championship."

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