Pocock has been warned following his involvement in a coal mine protest which saw him arrested.
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The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has officially warned David Pocock after he was charged following a coal mine protest.
The former Wallabies captain was arrested while protesting Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Mine.
According to the ABC The 26-year-old was “charged with trespass, remaining on enclosed land without lawful excuse and hindering the working of mining equipment”.
In a statement, the ARU said that Pocock was being distracted issues other than rugby union during his long injury layoff.
“While we appreciate David has personal views on a range of matters, we’ve made it clear that we expect his priority to be ensuring he can fulfil his role as a high-performance athlete,” the statement read.
“The matter is now subject to legal proceedings and we will now let the legal process take its course.”
The ACT Brumbies sent out a similar release, reinforcing the ARU’s stance.
“Although I’m aware of David’s passion and concern for environmental issues, he has clearly breached the ARU’s Code of Conduct and put the Brumbies in a difficult situation,” said club chief executive Doug Edwards.
“The matter will be dealt with by the NSW Police, so we are not at liberty to make any further comments at this stage.”