Joining the enviro-activists in chaining yourself to plant and machinery at a coal mine isn’t a great look, and the Australian Rugby Union won’t give you a second chance.
All he has achieved is to portray himself as a complete goose:
Former Wallabies captain David Pocock has been charged over a protest against a coal mine in northern New South Wales.
The ACT Brumbies player was among a group of seven who locked themselves on to digging equipment at Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Mine site for 10 hours yesterday.
Pocock, 26, and the other protesters have been charged with trespass, remaining on enclosed land without lawful excuse and hindering the working of mining equipment.
All were granted conditional bail to face court in January.
Pocock said he was aware he was likely to be arrested before joining the protest.
“Those charges are something each of us has considered,” he said.
“I think when you put it in the context of a possible future for the Earth with climate change and the challenges the local community face, that certainly puts it into perspective and it doesn’t seem like that big of a sacrifice.” (source)
Stick to playing rugby…