Lambie confident for season ahead
Durban - Sharks and Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie might be stuck in a neck brace for the next month, but he’s still excited about the season ahead.
Lambie was dealt an unfortunate blow when he suffered a neck injury on Super Rugby duty for the Sharks against the Crusaders on April 4.
He was subsequently ruled out for the six weeks, but he’s confident that he’ll make a full recovery.
“It’s never nice getting injured, and I’ll unfortunately be in a neck brace for about a month. I need to allow the injury to heal properly,” Lambie told MyPlayers.co.za.
“But once that healing period is completed, I will be working hard during my rehab to return to full fitness. Hopefully, I can return to the field before Super Rugby ends.”
The Sharks will miss the 24-year-old, who is one of the Durban franchise’s key players and leaders.
The Sharks suffered their fifth loss of the season when they went down to the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend. However, Lambie is confident the team will bounce back.
“We can’t focus too much on the bad results. There’s still a long Super Rugby season ahead, and we’re working hard to rectify our problem areas,” said Lambie.
“There’s a good environment in the squad as the players have close bond, which helps maintain a positive mood among the guys. As a team, we’re focused on the next game.”
Lambie added that he is happy with his recent form and credits the opportunity of playing flyhalf regularly for this. In the past, he was regularly rotated at flyhalf and fullback.
“In recent years, I’ve been lucky to have the chance to establish myself at flyhalf. I enjoy the action in that position as I like to get into the thick of things,” said Lambie. “I’m just focused on being consistent and improving as a player every week.”
The 2015 season will also see the Rugby World Cup take place in England from September, which is a tournament Lambie would love to be involved in.
“Playing at the 2011 Rugby World Cup was one of the highlights of my career,” said Lambie. “The experience at the tournament was incredible. It was clear to see why it’s regarded as the biggest stage in world rugby.
“All South African rugby players will be aspiring to be part of the Springbok team that gets to represent our nation at the Rugby World Cup this year. I don’t really want to get too far ahead of myself, but I’ll be taking things one week at a time, and hopefully, I can earn my place in the squad if it’s meant to be.”
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