David Pocock is widely regarded as one of the finest talents in World Rugby currently, a mainstay of the Australian team who reached the final of the World Cup back in 2015.
The number 8 has forged a formidable partnership with captain Michael Hooper in the back row under Michael Cheika’s leadership over the past few years.
He has also been widely recognised as one the games good guys and this was evident again yesterday during the Rugby Championship opener with New Zealand in Sydney.
In the 12th minute of the game, All Black Ryan Crotty attempted to make a tackle on the Australian number 6, Lukhan Lealaiauloto-Tui but managed to collide with teammate Jack Goodhue which left him knocked out.
Crotty, who has suffered several concussions in the last 15 months, was out cold for a few mins after the blow to the head.
Pocock parked his instinct to attack the ball and came running to Crotty’s aid and made sure that he was that he was alright before he was seen to by the physios and eventually left the field of play.
Sam Cane, one of Crotty’s All Blacks teammates was quick to praise Pocock for his quick thinking and sportsmanship in the situation.
“It speaks pretty highly of his character and the type of guy he is if he’s willing to put the battle to one side in that moment and put the player’s welfare first.”
Unfortunately for Pocock, despite his show of class helping out the stricken Crotty, his evening did not get a lot better.
After a promising first half, going in at the break 6-5 up, the All Blacks showed their class with a typical powerful second-half display in which they ran in 5 tries and won the game 38-13.