Clyde Rathbone signs with Brumbies

Clyde Rathbone has signed a one year deal with the Brumbies that will see him playing in the 2013 Super Rugby season. 

The signing ends weeks of speculation surrounding the possibility of Clyde’s return to the game after it was discovered he was training with the club in Canberra.  It marks an incredible return to form for Rathbone after revealing earlier in the year that he suffered from depression (you can read his story here).  

Rathbone immigrated to Australia shortly after captaining the South African Under 21’s to a junior world cup victory in 2002 and went on to become 26 Test veteran for the Wallabies and play 49 Super Rugby games for the Brumbies between 2003 and 2009.

“It’s a new challenge for me to be in this position and to have another shot at playing professional rugby with the Brumbies,” Rathbone said. 

“The Brumbies rugby program is in outstanding shape. The coaching and conditioning staff are some of the best in the business and it’s easy to see why the team was so fit and cohesive in 2012. 

“I’m not coming back to make up the numbers. Like all the players here I’ve got goals and objectives, I want to meet those targets in 2013 and contribute to this team.”

The Rugby Club spoke to Clyde earlier this evening to discuss his return and the possibility of pulling on a Wallabies jersey again.


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