Super Rugby

Pocock: I am incredibly disappointed with my actions

Brumbies flanker David Pocock has apologised for the neck grip that earned him a three-week Super Rugby suspension, admitting he let himself and others down.

The Australia international was seen to grip Michael Leitch around the neck during a maul late in Saturday's 48-23 defeat to the Chiefs - an offence that was missed at the time.

However, Pocock was subsequently cited for the incident and, on Tuesday, he was handed a three-week ban.

The suspension rules him out of clashes with the Waratahs and the Crusaders, with the Brumbies set for a bye week in round seven.

"Yesterday I faced the judiciary for the first time in my rugby career," Pocock wrote in a blog post titled 'Apology' on his website. "I am incredibly disappointed with my actions.

"I endeavour to play the game I love in a way that reflects the kind of toughness and decency I think rugby can teach us. 

"On Saturday night I did not live up to those standards, placing Michael Leitch in danger by binding on his neck in a maul. It was not my intention to hurt Michael, but in these sorts of circumstances it is not intention that matters.

"I am grateful that World Rugby and SANZAR are concerned about making the game safer for all of us. 

"I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to Michael. And to apologise to the Chiefs, Brumbies and all those who follow rugby. I'd also like to apologise to my team mates who I will let down over the next few weeks while suspended."