Wallabies legend David Pocock was asked during a recent Q&A to name his top three toughest opponents from his stellar career. Here’s who he picked:
The 32-year-old, who retired from international rugby after 83 Tests following the 2019 World Cup last year, hung up his boots in 2020.
The Zimbabwe-born openside flanker, who made his debut for the Wallabies in 2008 and played at his first Rugby World Cup in 2011, was widely considered one of the best players in his position.
Pocock was appointed captain in 2012 to succeed an injured James Horwill but suffered the first of several serious knee injuries in 2013.
DAVID POCOCK: THREE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS:
#3. Schalk Burger (South Africa)
One of the most physical flankers in the game, he was dubbed a “threshing machine” by former Springboks coach Nick Mallett. Came back from injury and life-threatening illness to enjoy an immense international swansong at the 2015 World Cup. A carrying king who went on to join Saracens.
Pocock described the flanker as an ‘irresistible force’ that always brought the best out of him.