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WATCH: Wallaby star Pocock swaps rugby for the African bush

13 February, 01:40 PM

Wallabies star David Pocock kicked off his six-month sabbatical in South Africa last week, spending time with newly established conservation organisation WildArk on their first wildlife conservancy, Pridelands, in Limpopo. Watch.  

Pocock, who recently signed a three-year contract with the Panasonic Wild Knights, grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe and will spend the remainder of his sabbatical on his family farm in Zim working on community upliftment and conservation projects.

Pocock flew to Zimbabwe on Wednesday where he will be based before returning to South Africa in March. He and his partner will be participating in an EcoTraining course, to learn more about wildlife conservation and protection. 

The 28-year-old is well known for his activism. In 2014 he was arrested for chaining himself to a digger in protest at a new coal mine, and is very outspoken about environmental issues and gay rights. He and his partner, Emma, refuse to get married until same-sex marriage is recognised and legalised across Australia.

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