Nic White and David Pocock have been appointed vice-captains of the Brumbies in 2015 following an announcement by Stephen Larkham and Stephen Moore on Thursday.
Both players have proven leadership qualities as White was named the Brumbies youngest captain against the Hurricanes in 2013, while Pocock has led both the Wallabies and the Force.
A former Brumbies Academy captain, White said he was thrilled to have been acknowledged with the vice-captaincy of the main squad.
“This is a big moment for me and it’s something I’ll look back at with pride. I’ve had the pleasure of playing under Steve [Moore] on a number of occasions and I think we will form a productive working group,” White said.
“I don’t think my day-to-day tasks will differ too much. It’s more about taking on the extra responsibilities and to make sure I’m always putting in 100 per cent, both in training and game day.
Big couple of days of preseason! Great to have all our Wallabies players back at @BrumbiesRugby training and working hard... #2015— David Pocock (@pocockdavid) January 13, 2015
“This team has the potential to do great things, so for me it’s about doing my best and encouraging everyone else here to do the same.”
Like White, Pocock has previously held leadership roles with the Brumbies. Despite having limited game time due to injury, Pocock’s influence as vice-captain over the last two seasons has been instrumental in lifting the Brumbies to five playoff games, including a Final in 2013.
Pocock said with his knee now working at 100 per cent he could focus solely on the team’s preparation for the season opener against the Red in a month’s time.
“Obviously being 100 per cent fit for the start of the season has been my focus over the last six or seven months and with the help of our rehab coach, Benny Serpell, we ticked that goal,” Pocock said.
“Being fit means I’ve been able to focus a lot more on the team and where we are headed this season. We have a lot of senior guys, like Steve [Moore] and Scott Fardy returning from injury so things are looking positive.
“I think being recognised as a leader of any team is humbling. I’m thankful for being given this opportunity again in 2015 and I look forward to getting more game time under my belt over the next 12 months.”
The Brumbies face the Force in Perth next Friday for their first trial of the season, before heading to Wagga to face the Highlanders two weeks out from the start of the Super Rugby season.
The Brumbies open their Super Rugby season at GIO Stadium on February 13 against the Reds.