Rathbone ready for action

    2014-04-14 14:11
     Cape Town - Veteran Brumbies wing Clyde Rathbone feels he is ready to return to Super Rugby after making a successful comeback from injury over the weekend.

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald website, Rathbone played for Easts in their 46-14 defeat to Gungahlin Eagles on Saturday.

    Rathbone, 32, was lured out of retirement by at the end of 2012 by then-Brumbies coach Jake White, but injury and illness has so far kept him on the periphery of selection for the Brumbies Super Rugby team this year.

    While he could not help his team record an upset in the John I Dent Cup clash, the South African-born player feels he is ready for a return to top rugby.

     "It’s been frustrating, you want to play, but I can only control what I can and you want to influence the team when you’re not out there," said Rathbone.
    "(The game for Easts) was a nice box to tick.
    "One of the advantages of being my age is that I don’t feel like I need to play lots of rugby.
    "If my body feels good, I’m ready to go.
    "My responsibility is to be in a position to play if I’m called on, and that’s how I feel."
    The Brumbies, who beat the Reds 23-20 in Brisbane last Friday, have a bye this weekend.

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