Pocock can handle being face to face with elephants, but what about a wedding?

SportBrumbies Flanker David Pocock holding a globeThe Canberra TimesDate: 1 April 2016Photo Jay CronanDavid Pocock can handle standing face to face with wild elephants and lions or sticking his head in dark places on the rugby field, but what about planning a wedding?

“I guess we’ve got some work to do,” Pocock laughs. “Whatever we do, I’m sure it will be low key.”

Pocock is nearing the end of a 12-month n rugby sabbatical and so much has changed since the champion Wallabies and ACT Brumbies flanker stepped away from the game.

The Western Force, his former club, has been axed from Super Rugby, the Brumbies have a new coach and voted to legalise same sex marriage.

The last change on that list is poignant for Pocock given he and partner Emma decided not to legally marry in 2010 until their gay friends were afforded the same right.

That time has come and Pocock and Emma have started a wedding conversation, but it’s just one small piece of a puzzle the 29-year-old will start putting together when he returns to Canberra early next week.

“We’ve chatted about it. At the time in 2010 we had a little ceremony with family and friends, but decided we didn’t want to sign anything our friends couldn’t,” Pocock told Fairfax Media from Japan.

“It’s kind of just been a personal stand and we’ll see what happens, we’ll organise something low key. There’s plenty of time to sort of all of that out.

David Pocock and partner Emma. Photo: Andrew Campbell

“Now the [same-sex marriage debate] is done, it’s a good thing. I think everyone should be grateful to the activists and LGBTI folk who made this happen. I really do think it makes our society better going forward.

“There’s a lot of challenges, but hopefully [] won’t be so slow on some of the other big things that are long overdue with being looked at and discussed.” THE SABBATICAL

Pocock was the first n player to be granted temporary leave from Wallabies and Super Rugby duties to pursue passions outside of rugby before setting a Brumbies return date for the 2018 season.

He jammed as much as possible into a six month window in Africa, where he threw himself into animal conservation, agriculture and reconnecting with his Zimbabwe roots. What an incredible few days with Nick Murray and his team at @bushlifesafaris in Mana Pools National Park. We went up there to help with collaring iconic elephant but the collaring didn’t go ahead so Nick showed us around Mana. Getting up close to elephant and lion on foot was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. We also did some canoeing on the mighty Zambezi. Nick and his team put a huge amount of time and money into supporting anti-poaching efforts in and around the park which has really reduced poaching. I can’t recommend a visit to Vundu and Mana Pools enough. #zimbabwe @canonaustraliaA post shared by David Pocock (@davidpocock) on May 11, 2017 at 9:24am PDTSome photos from this morning. Such a privilege to be able to spend time in the bush. Reminded what an incredible planet we live on and how important it is to keep preserving habitat for its non-human inhabitants. A treat getting to see one of my favourite birds, the Southern Ground-Hornbill. Happy #earthdayA post shared by David Pocock (@davidpocock) on Apr 22, 2017 at 7:46am PDTWhen I was a kid I wanted to be a game ranger or a wildlife vet – nothing quite like getting to live out part of your childhood dreams. Had an incredible 10 days at Malilangwe on the ‘Chemical and Physical Restraint of Wild Animals’ course. Amazing to learn from some of southern Africa’s best vets and other vets and students from 16 countries in one of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful wildlife areas.A post shared by David Pocock (@davidpocock) on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:13am PSTBit of baobab climbing at Malilangwe. One of my favourite places in the world. Incredible landscape and amazing people. Thanks to the scouts for allowing me to use their gym again. #malilangwe #tweet #dpfb #zimbabweA post shared by David Pocock (@davidpocock) on May 5, 2017 at 12:02am PDT

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