Rathbone ruled out for rest of season


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Injury-plagued Wallaby winger Clyde Rathbone will not play in the remainder of this year’s Super 14 season, reports said Saturday.

The former South African under-21 captain has not played since injuring his knee with the Brumbies midway through last year’s Super 14 campaign, effectively ending his chances of playing at the World Cup in France.

The Canberra-based franchise had hoped Rathbone would return three weeks ago, but Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher is resigned to the fact Rathbone will not play for the Brumbies this season.

“Clyde won’t play Super 14 this year,” Fisher told The Australian newspaper.

“He won’t be back. He has started running and he is making good progress, but he won’t be back on the field in the next two months.

“He is a powerful athlete and he has a significant patella issue, which is quite painful.

“It has been a long, slow, painful process for him. He hasn’t played for 12 months.

“He will try and get it right and come back through club rugby.


“He’s looking at fully rehabilitating the injury, getting some rugby under his belt and having a top shelf 2009 season.”

Rathbone migrated from South Africa to Australia and made his debut for the Brumbies and Wallabies in 2004.

“It has been a difficult time for him,” Fisher said.

“He would have been handy to have, that’s for sure.”

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