via David Pocock: Fear in Zimbabwe, a rugby obsession and an injury nightmare February 17, 2016
A young David Pocock would lay awake in bed, scared for his life as violence and instability gripped Zimbabwe, but his grandfather says those events triggered the “finest thing that ever happened” for the Wallabies flanker and his brothers.
As Pocock weighs up his rugby future and a likely 12-month sabbatical to study, the ACT Brumbies star has opened up about his life on and off the field for a two-part Australian Story ‘True Grit’ series on ABC.
One of the biggest turning points was when he and his family feared for their lives as President Robert Mugabe proceeded with the process of land redistribution.
A neighbouring farmer was shot dead and his son was seriously wounded after being shot nine times.
That’s when the Pococks fled, with David turning to rugby as his way of dealing with everything he’d seen and experienced.
“It still brings a lump to my throat. In retrospect, it’s the finest thing that ever happened to those boys,” said Pocock’s grandfather, Ian Ferguson.