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Pocock exit leaves Force without captain & coach

Western Force captain David Pocock will join the Brumbies

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Article Published: Saturday 28 July 2012|

Western Force captain David Pocock has confirmed that he will leave the Perth based Super Rugby to join the Brumbies from next season.

Pocock's departure leaves the Force without a coach and a captain after Richard Graham left to join the Reds earlier this season.

It is understood that Pocock was driven by his desire to win a Super Rugby title and the Brumbies were the most improved Australian side of the 2012 season.

The Wallabies caretaker captain confirmed on his Facebook page that he was moving to Canberra to play under Jake White.

"I've loved living in Perth and playing for the Western Force and although it's time to begin an exciting new adventure with Em in Canberra, the decision has been unbelievably hard." said Pocock.

"Being based on the east coast will bring me closer to my family, who I've not seen as much of as I'd have liked, due to the combined factors of being located in Perth, and the heavy year-long rugby schedule."

"Playing under former Springboks coach Jake White with all of his knowledge and experience will allow me to have a fresh approach to the game and continue to challenge myself."

"Travel is also a factor. With Perth being the most isolated of the 15 Super Rugby capitals, the travel commitments are greater than for any other side in the competition."

The Force have confirmed Pocock's departure and said that they had "done everything within its power to retain his services as a leading player within the Western Force."

"While we are disappointed with his decision, we wish David well. RugbyWA has done everything to develop and support David throughout his time with the Western Force. "

"This has included his development over 69 Super Rugby matches with the club, fast-tracking his appointment as captain of the side for 2012 and supporting his charity, Eightytwenty Vision.

"In recent times, since the departure of Richard Graham, David has been part of the board and management process in recruiting players and identifying the next Western Force head coach."

"David will always have a special place at the Western Force and should the opportunity arise down the track for him to return, we would welcome him back with open arms."

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