Australian rugby superstar David Pocock has recommitted to the ACT Brumbies until 2019. Pocock will miss the 2017 season to focus on studies and personal development, but will continue his rugby career in 2018, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

In a statement released by Pocock this morning, he said the decision will help increase his years in the game he loves.

“I’m excited to commit to Australian Rugby until the end of 2019. I really appreciate the willingness the ARU and Brumbies have shown in allowing me to weigh up my desire to be available for selection leading into the next World Cup against my longevity in the game and pursuing interests outside the sport.”

Pocock’s off field commitments were recently highlighted in Australian Story’s Part One and Part Two ‘True Grit’ series, where he shows passion for environmental and human rights issues.

In an article by The Roar, Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika didn’t doubt Pocock’s commitment to the jersey.

“David’s long-term commitment speaks volumes about his character and the values he brings to the game.

“For him to commit to the end of 2019 shows he truly believes in the direction the Wallabies are heading in and how passionate he is about performing at his highest level for Australia.”

The Daily Telegraph reported that Pocock was always keen to stay with the Brumbies despite speculation he was being chased by the Reds.