Australia star David Pocock has announced his retirement from Super Rugby, as he focuses on getting fit to play at the Rugby World Cup later this year.
The 31-year-old has played only 138 minutes over three matches for the Brumbies in Super Rugby this season because of a succession of injuries, most recently a serious calf muscle strain.
Pocock met with Wallabies and Brumbies medical staff last week and agreed that missing the remainder of Super Rugby might give him the best chance of playing at the World Cup in September in Japan.
"It's been frustrating. You're putting pressure on yourself because you want to contribute and I think now I need to take the pressure off and take time to get it right," Pocock told a news conference in Canberra on Tuesday.
"It's just one of those things you've got to deal with. If I was realistically [in with] a chance to play for the Brumbies I'd be pushing for that.
"It's every rugby player's dream to take part in the World Cup and every rugby player's dream to lift that trophy."
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