PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: David Pocock of the Brumbies warms up before the round three Super Rugby match between the Western Force and the Brumbies at nib Stadium on March 11, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

David Pocock has returned to the ACT Brumies following a year long sabbatical.

Pocock is one of nine new faces into the Brumbies' squad for 2018, as new Dan McKellar prepares for his first season in charge of the club.

The 29-year-old Pocock took a year away from the game as he embarked on an African sabbatical, which included working with conservation group Wild Ark.

Now, 12 months on, a revitalised Pocock will return alongside eight fellow Wallabies in the new look squad and he will form part of a dangerous looking pack, that could include Scott Sio, Allan Alaalatoa, Ben Alexander, Josh Mann-Rea, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter and Blake Enever.

Full Brumbies 2018 Super Rugby squad:


Robbie Abel, Allan Alaalatoa, Ben Alexander, Richard Arnold, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Tom Cusack, Blake Enever, Mees Erasmus, Folau Fainga’a, Lolo Fakaosilea, Ben Hyne, Leslie Leulua’Iali’i-Makin, Josh Mann-Rea, Nic Mayhew, Lachlan McCaffrey, Isireli Naisarani, David Pocock, Scott Sio, Darcy Swain, Rob Valetini


Tom Banks, James Dargaville, Kyle Godwin, Wharenui Hawera, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Ryan Lonergan, Matt Lucas, Andrew Muirhead, Chance Peni-Ataera, Joe Powell, Andrew Smith, Henry Speight, Lausii Taliauli, James Verity-Amm