McCabe forced to retire

27th Aug 2014, 10:04

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Retiring: McCabe is set to call time on his career

Retiring: McCabe is set to call time on his career

Australia and Brumbies centre Pat McCabe has been forced to call time on his career at the age of 26 because of a third neck fracture.

Australia and Brumbies centre Pat McCabe has been forced to call time on his career at the age of 26 because of a third neck fracture.

The versatile back was injured in the second Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks on Saturday, where he had started on the wing.

On Tuesday it was confirmed by a specialist that he had suffered a fractured neck, the third such incident in the space of the last two seasons, and Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham revealed that McCabe would be retiring as a result.

It's a bitter blow for McCabe, who is just 26 years old, and had already earned 24 Wallaby caps in an injury-disrupted career.

"[It's] very disappointing news, actually. He had a scan over in New Zealand and it was reported to have had a little fracture in his neck," Larkham said.

"He's since seen a specialist in Sydney and the specialist has confirmed it is a fracture in there, and that he strongly suggests never to play ever again.

"I think at this stage, Patty's made the decision that he's not going to play again.

"The good thing is he's in a neck brace at the moment and will stay in that neck brace for the next couple of months and the neck should heal up fine, but [it's] devastating that he won't play rugby again."

The Brumbies, with whom McCabe had one year remaining on his contract, are due to make an official statement later on Thursday to confirm the news.