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Ex-Wallabies Captain David Pocock’s Dramatic Career Change Since Leaving Rugby in 2019

Former Australia Captain David Pocock took an interesting career change, after he stepped away from rugby back in 2019. The legendary back-rower made the change for a career in Australian politics, and has since become elected as a Senator for the Australian Capital Territory.

Pocock made his international retirement after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as Australia were eliminated by England in the quarter-finals. The back-rower then finished up his club level commitments in Japan, before hanging up his boots with the Panasonic Wild Knights.

Pocock announced that he would retire from rugby to focus on conservation efforts, and headed back to school to pursue this. In 2021, the former Brumbies star graduated with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Charles Sturt University, the very same place where began his rugby career.

In December 2021, Pocock announced his intentions to run for a position in the Senate in the Federal Elections.

His independent political party was self-titled simply as ‘David Pocock’, with the former Wallabies flanker becoming the first non-Labor or Liberal electee as a Senator for the Australian Capital Territory.


An advocate for equality and environmental sustainability, Pocock has been an influential presence within his nation’s politics. Ahead of his election, Pocock starred in an interview called ‘From Ruck to the Senate’, where he discussed his reasons for running independently. Pocock’s goal was to be a socially progressive voice, to tackle corruption within Government and the political advertising laws.

Pocock’s heart belongs to Australian sustainability, which is reflected in his campaign to increase his country’s renewable energy expenditure. He has also been an advocate for same-sex marriage in Australia,

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Stuart Hogg

After confirming his retirement, Hogg said in a statement: “A new career beckons and I will attack in the same manner as I play the game.”

The Scotland legend has revealed he isn’t too keen on coaching, but will remain in the game as a pundit after making his debut on BBC during the 2023 Six Nations.


Sources tell RUCK that BT Sport (soon to be TNT Sports) are keen. to recruit the fullback as a key part of their 2023/24 Premiership coverage.


He is the co-owner of steak house Finsbay Flatiron in Glasgow.

The focus for Finsbay Flatiron is steak, specialising in 8oz flat irons (as the name suggests) and steaks from £8 on weekdays and £10 on weekends, as well as sides like mac and cheese and triple cooked chips.


He’s a director of a distillery named Maiden Batch.

Caulker’s is a collaborative effort between five Glasgow men, two of whom happen to be British Lions and Scotland rugby internationals, Hogg and Alastair Kellock. The bottle is signed by all five.

Jack Nowell

The England and Exeter Chiefs winger is the co-owner of The Swordfish Inn back in his hometown of Cornwall.

Sitting on the harbourfront, the pub has been a favourite of local fishermen, artists and visitors alike for as long as anyone cares to remember and is well-known for its rugged charm and atmosphere.

He is also a director of MUSTARD Clothing.