CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26: David Pocock of the Brumbies looks on during the round one Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Hurricanes at GIO Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

David Pocock has issued a heartfelt apology on his website after he was given a two-match ban for a neck hold on Cheifs No.8 Michael Leitch.

"I am incredibly disappointed with my actions. I endeavour to play the game I love in a way that reflects the kind of toughness and decency I think rugby can teach us," Pocock said.

"On Saturday night I did not live up to those standards, placing Michael Leitch in danger by binding on his neck in a maul.

"But in these sorts of circumstances it is not intention that matters.

"I am grateful that World Rugby and SANZAAR are concerned about making the game safer for all of us.

"I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to Michael. And to apologise to the Chiefs, Brumbies and all those who follow rugby.

"I'd also like to apologise to my team mates who I will let down over the next few weeks while suspended."

Pocock was given a three week ban, which was reduced to two weeks, due to his good record and early guilty plea.

He will miss matches against the NSW Waratahs and the Crusaders.