Thursday, April 7, 2016

David Pocock makes heartfelt public apology over Michael Leitch chokehold

Wallabies star and all round decent bloke David Pocock has apologised for putting Chiefs in Michael Leith in a chokehold, saying he has failed to live up to his own 'standards'. 

It has also been revealed that Pocock rang Leitch twice to apologise for the incident. 

On his website Pocock stated: "Yesterday I faced the judiciary for the first time in my rugby career. I am incredibly disappointed with my actions. I endeavour to play the game I love in a way that reflects the kind of toughness and decency I think rugby can teach us.

"On Saturday night I did not live up to those standards, placing Michael Leitch in danger by binding on his neck in a maul. It was not my intention to hurt Michael, but in these sorts of circumstances it is not intention that matters. 

"I am grateful that World Rugby and SANZAAR are concerned about making the game safer for all of us. 

"I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to Michael. And to apologise to the Chiefs, Brumbies and all those who follow rugby. I'd also like to apologise to my team mates who I will let down over the next few weeks while suspended."