Rathbone eyes shock return

2012-08-20 09:08

Sydney - Former Wallaby wing Clyde Rathbone is attempting a Super Rugby comeback with the Brumbies aged 31 after his international career was derailed by injuries and depression.

Rathbone played 26 Tests for Australia and 52 matches for the Brumbies before retiring prematurely in 2009 after a series of groin, knee, hamstring and facial injuries. He revealed in February he had also had a life-long battle with depression.

Brumbies officials confirmed on Monday that Rathbone is training with their squad in the hope of winning a contract for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

South African-born Rathbone captained his birth country to victory at the 2002 Under-21 World Cup under current Brumbies and former Springbok coach Jake White.


  • michael.moets - 2012-08-20 09:31

    Lets hope he gets injured again.

      shnez.sharks - 2012-08-20 09:36

      Stupid F@#$%&* Comment man!

      michael.moets - 2012-08-20 10:02

      Hate turncoats. Guess the grass wasent so green hey.

      mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-20 10:16

      Agreed, and his depression continues

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-08-20 10:25

      You're a tool. Since when is someone a turncoat for playing for another team? It happens in every sport. You show your IQ with this post, which isn't very high.

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-20 10:39

      You guys are sick. Where is the "turncoat" in being offered and accepting a financially better offer? How can you wish someone be injured, or that they struggle with depression because they have made a business decision that didn't go on your favour. You would turn down an offer to earn three times what you were earning now if it was in Australia? What sick and pathetic human beings you are that you would wish that on anyone else.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-08-20 10:53

      "Hate turncoats." And your forefathers Bumstead? They just fall from the sky?

      MarkR61 - 2012-08-20 11:10

      @michael.moets - A "turncoat"? It's a job. So what you are implying that anybody who takes up a better position for more money and better propects is a "turncoat"? You must be living in Utopia.

      Jacques - 2012-08-20 12:58

      Maybe posting something that only proves your low IQ 'wasent' so smart, ey?

      Dakey - 2012-08-20 13:10

      I can't say I particularly understand anyone who captains their country's junior team only to go play for another country. I grew up being a staunch supporter not only of my country but also my province, so it is difficult to imagine playing for another country when you CAN actually play for your own country. This is not a guy that was rejected by SA after all. Perhaps we dislike folk like these who do not 'seem' to show any allegiance, faithfulness, love for their own country, I don't know. So yes personally Rathbone as I'm concerned is just another rugby player. I certainly hold no liking for him, nor do I hold any dislike. Hope he gets better.

      bielie.vanzyl - 2012-08-20 15:34

      @ michael.moets - you are a really, really petty person.

  • steve.vanrooyen - 2012-08-20 09:50

    I was waiting for this one... Jake the redeemer

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-08-20 10:10

    Was useless anyway

  • TravieGrif - 2012-08-20 10:41

    I wish him good luck. Hope he can make a go of it. He has had some terrible luck with injuries, and dealing with depression is tough. Good luck to him.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-08-20 11:31

    all the best to him

  • philip.brink1 - 2012-08-20 13:08

    If you've read anything about his depression you'll know it was because he felt his parents emotionally-abused him, prompting him not want to stay in SA. Must have made up because they're all over there now. He was on Darren's Ballz radio webcast a while back saying he has thoughts of playing again but hought it wasn't worth not being able to walk around when he turned 50. Guess that changed too.

      max.marx.963 - 2012-08-22 15:50

      Well i guess that excusses the rubbish he said about SA, his behaviour and not even remembering our national anthem. Phillip get real dude this guy is a dush. Bok supporters are fair we respect other players who jumped ship and represented France, Wales, England SA B team, both cricket and rugby. New Zealand, Italy, Aus, USA, Canada. Clyde made it personal so i dont feel any sympathy for him and his depression nor his pitty little injuries, not being able to walk his dog when he is 50. Let him share his petty stories with his Ozzi mates over a BBQ in Bondi Blu whatever you Ozzis do.

  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-08-20 13:24

    Best of luck. He was a very good player and if he can stay injury-free the OZ team could only benefit from this as it seems they lack good replacements, when guys like O'Connor etc. gets injured.

  • ruan.lacock - 2012-08-20 15:02 ex- SHARK , if i'm not mistaken....get well and all da best for you !!

  • bielie.vanzyl - 2012-08-20 15:36

    I'm not a great Rathbone fan - because of his anti-SA statements, but wish him all the best for his comeback. He was a talented rugby player and it'd be good to see him make the most of his abilities.

  • clive.wannenburg - 2012-08-20 16:11

    Good for you and all the best for a great return!

  • franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-08-20 20:01

    He would have been SA rugbies most capped captain instead of Smit if he had stayed in SA and lasted the distance...he was always JWs no1.

  • ChrisinOz294 - 2012-08-20 22:26

    And in other news: Jake White makes John Smit captain of the Brumbies for 2013 and picks Naas Botha at flyhalf.

  • therealdavidn - 2012-08-22 12:09

    People are talking now about "what he's been through" and trying to paint him in a positive light etc... Well sorry but i remember some pretty ungracious behavior when he left SA, and while i stand to be corrected, i haven't heard a single word of an apology for that. So to me he remains the same egotistical little ingrate that left South Africa because he wasn't good enough to make our national side. I dont think he deserves anything from us.

  • max.marx.963 - 2012-08-22 15:19

    Agree with you micheal.moets. I was at RAU when they won the U21 RWC and thought what a team. Him and Witbooi playing 12,13 and JDV 14 Willemse at 11 in the final and yes he is a 'turncoat'. He had a chance to play and Captain SA but no he turned his back on the same system that developed him. Jake went all the way to Australia to try and lure him back. And to all the sympathises we dont having a go at players like Vickerman, Stevens, Botha, Strauss, Trott, Barrit etc. But pricks like Rathbone/KP for the rubbish they said now that they were on the otherside. It has nothing to do with him getting a better offer but the s%*t he said and the way he behaved when he scored against us in 2004 in Austalia. Do i feel for him naaaah i hope you stay injured and depressed in your sunny Australia and hand back our green SA passport while you at it Mr Rathbone. WELL JDV, SMIT, SMITH, AMLA, AND THE REST OF THE BOYS enjoyed and continue to enjoy great careers wish i could say the same for you and KP, funny how things turned out

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