ARU continue negotiations with Pocock

The Australian Rugby Union and Wallabies and Brumbies back-row David Pocock are still in negotiations about his immediate future.

Earlier in the week, a report revealed that Pocock was eager to take a one year sabbatical in order to study in England.

While Brumbies CEO Michael Jones lamented his possible loss for the season, ARU CEO Bill Pulver revealed that the union is keeping an 'open mind'. 

"Frankly we're open to any option but it's got to be a balanced outcome that is right for the player, right for the Super Rugby club and right for Australian Rugby Union," said Pulver.

"We don't rule anything out, we keep an open mind and we’ll work through these situations on a one to one basis.

"David Pocock is one of the world's best players, if not the world’s best player but suffice to say we are very eager to keep him in Australian Rugby.

"We believe he wants to stay in Australian Rugby so those discussions are ongoing. I want to make sure I keep the negotiation process with David a private process and we'll inform the world of the outcome when it's done."

The 55 test veteran was an integral part of the Wallabies Rugby World Cup campaign, guiding them to the final where they lost to New Zealand.