White thinks Pocock has lots to learn
February 08, 2013 11:59:53 UK
Brumbies coach Jake White is excited at having Wallabies flanker David Pocock in his squad, but says the 24-year-old is far from the finished product.
He may be regarded as one of the best players in the world, with 46 caps to his name, but White insists he still has plenty to learn.
We are trying to add a new dimension to his game, and that's running lines, support lines and sometimes carrying the ball.Jake White
Pocock, who made his Wallabies debut in 2008, was a finalist for the IRB International Player of the Year award in 2010 and 2011. He took over the captaincy of the Wallabies last year while regular captain James Horwill was injured.
His switch from Western Force in the off-season has excited Brumbies fans and White says he is sure to benefit by adding a new weapon to his game.
The coach said: "We are trying to add a new dimension to his game, and that's running lines, support lines and sometimes carrying the ball."
White believes Pocock should bring back into his game the running and passing skills he had in abundance when he played centre at school in Brisbane alongside Quade Cooper.
He added: "He has worked really hard even now on making his running technique even more effective, and if he gets quicker, he can get more confident at carrying the ball and making linebreaks.
"The one area we are really going to make significant change is just his understanding of how much more of a threat he can be with ball in hand, and running lines when he is running at defenders."
Pocock, who was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2012, played 69 games for the Force over seven seasons, scoring 40 points.
The Brumbies are 3.50 to win the Super Rugby title and 1.01 to be Australia's top team in the competition.
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