Players MUST settle franchise before ARU top-up

The negotiating process for Australia’s top rugby stars has been turned on its head with a new edict stipulating that each player must first settle their franchise deal before they receive an ARU top-up. Wallabies who are ranked among the top 32 players in the country will be eligible for top-ups, but their franchises will … [Read the full story]

Pocock’s game won’t suffer now he’s captain

David Pocock is conscious of not sacrificing his own game in his effort to lead Western Force this year. Regarded as a future Wallabies captain, Pocock has taken over the reins of Western Force from foundation skipper and second-rower Nathan Sharpe. Arguably the best openside flanker in the world, Pocock will need to lead by … [Read the full story]

David Pocock puts pressure on the flankers

When David Pocock arrived on the Super Rugby scene as a teenager in 2006 he immediately put pressure on veteran openside flankers George Smith and Phil Waugh. Pocock is now unchallenged as the best openside in Australia, if not the world. But Wallabies selectors hope Queensland Reds teenager Liam Gill will be able to put … [Read the full story]

Wallabies David Pocock has eating disorder

Young Wallabies superstar David Pocock has revealed in a new autobiography that he has suffered from an eating disorder for much of the past decade. Pocock, who was one of the few Wallabies players to enhance his reputation at the recent Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, said he developed the problem when he was … [Read the full story]

Flankers are on the rumble

For all the hoopla and headlines about Dan Carter, Jonny Wilkinson and Quade Cooper, this has been a World Cup defined not by perfect 10s but heavenly sevens. Those big-name fly-halves might still have the modeling contracts and skincare endorsements but they can keep them. The open-side flankers are on the rumble – and the … [Read the full story]