Pocock thanks authorities for 3-week ban

In spite of being banned for putting another rugby player in a sleeper hold during a recent game, David Pocock, the rugby union star, has thanked the governing bodies of the game for their hard line stance to such incidents.

Video from previous Saturday’s Super Rugby match between New Zealand’s Chiefs and Pocock’s Brumbies in Canberra shows David putting Chiefs No 8 Michael Leitch in the unsafe bind.

In video of the moment, Michael appears to attempt to ‘tap out’ of David’s hold by hitting him on the back many times during a rolling mangle in the seventy-forth minute of the game – but to no avail.

David told that he was happy that the World Rugby and SANZAAR are concerned about making this sport for all of them after being handed down a 3 week ban and apologizing profusely for his in-field actions.

The punishment meted out was watched closely by the Six Nations organising committee, with some similar actions having taken place last year. Whilst they recognised that fans wanted to see the best players out on the pitch (especially because tickets are so expensive) a line needs to be drawn on discipline. Tickets for this year’s Six Nations are available through this link.

Pocock, who is usually a clean player, took to many platforms to issue a earnest apology for this actions, including on his website, Twitter and Facebook profiles. He stated that he was very much disappointed with his actions.

He said on Facebook: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to Michael Leitch. 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.’

After the incident, Leitch needed immediate medical assistance. Pocock faced a Super Rugby judicatory on Tuesday for the very 1st time in his career and declared guilty to breaching ‘playing a player without the ball is dangerous play’ and was later handed a ban.

UR7s Announce Expansion

The UR7s also known as Ultimate Rugby Sevens has made few announcements about the global restructuring of its operations in addition to the leadership team for the Olympic period. Some of the changes include the launch of Beach Rugby series as well as Beach Rugby multi sports festival.

Joe Byrnes, who has been appointed as a new director of Euro Programs is quite excited to take up his new role of restructuring in the UK. Byrnes belongs to a business background and he has worked in finance in London. He is likely to bring a different background altogether with loads of experiences as far as the leadership group of UR7s is concerned.

The UR7s is undoubtedly one of the largest brands which were formed 8 years ago in the UK. Tom Burwell will render a helping hand during the handover period and the director is happy to seek his knowledge about the marketplace and the game. The director would be soon announcing the events and dates for the summer as far as rugby is concerned as it is going to make its entry into the Olympics.

The launch in South Africa is indeed a huge task which Byrnes is excited and geared up for the Beach Rugby events in addition to the launch of programs specifically meant for the international students. The director has said that he along with his team would be busy in South Africa in order to engage more and more people to drive the business to the next level in the UK and to see rugby flourish in the country since sports is given more importance.

UR7s will be dedicated to give everyone equal opportunity to play the 7s game regardless of their backgrounds. The company has agreed to fund projects in nations that are not fully developed. Also UR7s will work towards social development as well as commercial projects.