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David Pocock is an inaugural Western Force player, and was named Vice Captain of the club in 2010 in recognition of his superb leadership skills on and off the field. 2010 was a great year for Pocock when he cemented his place as an elite player on both the Australian and world stages by taking home the 2010 John Eales Medal – awarded to the best performing Wallaby.

Pocock was born in Zimbabwe and spends time away from the field helping to bring a better quality of life to those less fortunate. He is Co-founder of the charity organisation 80/20 Vision, aiding communities in his birth country.

His Fast Four

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse (children’s book based on the Aesop fable)

Is there a book you think everyone should read and why?

Paulo Coehlo – The Alchemist. (and also his first book – The Pilgrimage). The way Coehlo incorporates what Jung* called “synchronicity” and other aspects of Jungian thought is brilliant. It’s like a lesson on Jungian theory in novel form. I read it in one night. I couldn’t put it down.

Has there been a character you really liked and why?

Peekay in Bryce Courtenay’s ‘The Power of One’. I remember loving him for the time he spent with Doc, the old German with a love of music and cacti, and also for Peekay’s relationship with Geel Piet who was his boxing trainer. Surely everyone wanted to be Peekay when they read the book?

Where is your favourite place to read?

Anywhere I can really. With all the travel we do it’s often in airports, on the plane or on buses. If I’m not travelling – its hard to beat reading lying on the grass in the garden.

*Jung was a prominent psychiatrist and influential thinker, a practicing clinician who explored things like philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, literature and the arts as he developed his theories about the human psyche.

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