Rugby union - Broken neck forces Wallaby McCabe to retire

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Rugby union - Broken neck forces Wallaby McCabe to retire
(FILES) A file photo taken on October 20, 2012, shows Australian Wallbies player Pat McCabe (C) being tackled in their match against the New Zealand All Blacks in Brisbane. Wallaby back Pat McCabe has retired from rugby after fracturing his neck for a third time, his ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said on August 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Patrick HAMILTON IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (AFP Photo/PATRICK HAMILTON)

- Wallaby back Pat McCabe has retired from rugby after fracturing his neck for a third time, his ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said Wednesday.

The 26-year-old suffered a knock in Australia's 51-20 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park Saturday.

"(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... and that he strongly suggests never to play ever again."

McCabe first fractured his neck in 2012 on the Wallabies European tour and suffered another neck injury in the 23-21 loss to the British and Irish Lions at Brisbane last year.


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