David Pocock meets ‘incredible human’ Desmond Tutu in South Africa


David Pocock has led the fight against homophobia in sport, overcome two knee reconstructions and faces a World Cup selection battle, but meeting one of his heroes in South Africa made him weak at the knees.

Pocock returned to Canberra this week riding on a high after a one-on-one catch up with South African social rights activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The meeting at Tutu’s Cape Town office was a world away from his duel with incumbent Wallabies captain Michael Hooper and the ACT Brumbies’ bid to make the Super Rugby finals.

But the intimate meeting gave Pocock a unique insight into Tutu’s history, views on leadership and the global community.

Tutu, 83, is a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his contribution to opposing apartheid and was a close friend of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela.

“Desmond Tutu has been one of my heroes for a long time,” Pocock said.

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Article: Sydney Morning Herald
Article By: Chris Dutton