- Australian rugby Thursday paid tribute to Wallaby Pat McCabe who has announced his retirement after fracturing his neck for a third time.
McCabe, 26, suffered a third break to his C1 vertebrae while playing for the Wallabies in their 51-20 Bledisloe Cup loss to the All Blacks in Auckland last weekend.
"These are always difficult moments, but Pat has made the right decision," Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie said.
"He is one of the smartest and most dedicated individuals I have had the pleasure of coaching and, irrespective of what avenue he chooses to go down, I have no doubt he will be a success."
Brumbies coach and former Wallaby Stephen Larkham praised McCabe's courage.
"You want players like Patty, you want everyone of your team members to be a bit like Patty," Larkham said.