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SYDNEY: Australia coach Michael Cheika will be looking for improvement from the Wallabies next year after losing nine of 15 tests in 2016 but they will have to find it without David Pocock as the standout loose forward embarks on a sabbatical.The year off was agreed by an Australian Rugby Union desperate to keep the world's best poacher out of the clutches of wealthy European clubs, and the three-year deal that included it means he will be back in Wallaby gold for the 2019 World Cup.Pocock has always countered the rugby player stereotype with his environmental and social justice activism and he admits the desire for a year out of the game to pursue other interests is consistent with that "otherness"."I'm a bit of a weirdo so I'm happy with that, that's okay," he told reporters in London this week."Rugby is certainly something that I really enjoy but I think like everyone I'm interested in other things and I feel pretty lucky ...
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