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Rathbone to retire at the end of the season

Brumbies winger Clyde Rathbone will hang up his boots at the end of the season

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Article Published: Friday 30 May 2014|

Former Wallabies winger Clyde Rathbone will retire at the end of the season after he was named in the Brumbies starting side for the first time this season.

South African born Rathbone has not played for the Brumbies since last year's final but has been named in the starting line up to face the Rebels.

Rathbone's career has been interupted by serious injuries and he now says that he will stop playing at the end of the season.

"This will be my last year at the Brumbies," he told The Australian newspaper.

"It would be great if we could win the next three games, make the finals and who knows what could happen?

"Whether you are a 32-year-old like me or if you are just starting out, you never know when it might be your last one. They all matter."

Rathbone captained the South African under-21 team under World Cup-winning coach Jake White and moved to Australia where he played for the Brumbies from 2003-09.

The winger has played 26 times for Australia and made a comeback under his former coach White last year .

Rathbone has been sidelined this year with a hamstring injury and has been behind Henry Speight, Joe Tomane and Robbie Coleman in the Brumbies selection order but still says that his comeback had exceeded his expectations.

"I didn't have any hard and fast goals," he said.

"I just wanted to test myself."

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