Not since John Farnham’s ‘Farewell Tour’ has an Australian comeback been so widely anticipated. Once feared as the Wallabies toughest outside back, Clyde Rathbone will be hoping to regain some of the world-class form that saw him rise to the top of Australian rugby midway through last decade. A strong ball carrier, Rathbone is best known for his aggressive presence around the field and tremendous leg strength. An able defender, Rathbone adds unshakable toughness to any side’s backline having been bought up through the school of hard knocks in Durban, South Africa. Emigrating Down Under in 2003 thanks to his Aussie heritage, Rathbone quickly adapted to the Australian way of life and was a favourite for Wallabies and Brumbies fans between 2004 and 2009. With the benefit of age and experience, Rathbone has approached the 2013 Super Rugby season and his comeback with a relaxed attitude and is looking forward to playing with a young, enthusiastic group of players in Canberra. Rathbone is one of two players in the Brumbies ranks to have lifted the Super Rugby trophy (along with Ian Prior, 2011 Reds) and will share his extensive rugby knowledge with the young Brumbies he now calls teammates. Rathbone’s next appearance for the Brumbies will be his 50th, having left the game on 49 caps back in 2009. Along with his three appearances for the Sharks as a 20 year old, Rathbone has eclipsed the 50 Super Rugby cap mark and now sits on 52. Did you know? Clyde is one of four aged grade international captains in the Brumbies ranks along with Ben Mowen, David Pocock and Colby Faingaa.
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