Rathbone considers retirement

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Rathbone considers retirement

Injury-afflicted Wallabies wing Clyde Rathbone will make the call on his rugby career at the end of the Super 14.

The former South Africa U21 captain was one of the Brumbies’ key players when the Canberra franchise won the title in 2004 and was selected for Australia later that year. But Rathbone has been dogged by injury ever since and at 27 wants to call it quits.

The Australian confirms that if he opts to continue, he could head overseas.

‘I’ve got a couple of different options. Nothing is locked in yet,’ Rathbone said. ‘My preference would be to continue with the Brumbies. My manager has put a few things on the table from overseas clubs. I’ve held off until I have a chat with the Brumbies.

‘If I didn’t get offered a contract with the Brumbies, I’m running a company out of Canberra and it would be difficult to pack up and leave.

‘I’m not leaning in one direction or another. I’ll make a decision in the next couple of weeks.’

If the Brumbies do not reach the play-offs, Rathbone’s last chance to play again may come against the Chiefs in the final round in Hamilton. He was set to come back from injury last week after being sidelined since the warm-ups with a quad injury.

‘I was 95 percent right and then I re-strained it on Monday. It’s not good timing. The Blues is touch and go, but realistically I hope to be fit for the Chiefs.’

Tahu puts nightmare behind him

Timana Tahu says he has erased the memory of last year’s nightmare debut for the Wallabies in South Africa with a solid game against the Cheetahs last weekend.

Tahu, at No.13 in a new-look Waratahs back line with Kurtley Beale at No.12 and Lachie Turner at 15, had his best game for the Waratahs in their 18-10 win over the Cheetahs at Bloemfontein.

The rugby league convert could not have been happier with his game.

‘During the year I have been coming off the bench playing 10 minutes or 20 minutes. A lot of people were worried about my fitness. I have always been confident that I could play 80 minutes, and confident I could play in those positions,’ said Tahu.

‘It was just a matter of trying to show people, and I haven’t really got a chance this year to prove myself. I haven’t been getting in the starting side that much because Rob Horne has been playing well, and Tom Carter is a good player – the structure we played earlier this year suited his style of game.’

The Waratahs now face a must win encounter against the Sharks this weekend in Durban as they look to keep their play-off hopes alive.

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