Fans devastated as Pat Lambie hangs up his rugby boots

21 January 2019 - 09:55 By Odwa Mjo
Former Springbok Pat Lambie announced his retirement from professional rugby at the weekend.
Former Springbok Pat Lambie announced his retirement from professional rugby at the weekend.
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Former Springbok fly-half Pat Lambie surprised many on Twitter when he announced his retirement from rugby at just 28 years old.

Lambie, who played for the Racing 92 French team, announced on January 19 2019 that he was retiring from the sport because of the effects from a series of concussions. 

“We understand his decision, made by mutual agreement, but we regret that such a genius of the game is forced to come to this end... his stop is a blow for the Racing,” said Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti in a statement.

Former Springbok player Bryan Habana expressed sadness at Lambie’s exit. “Never nice seeing a player especially as talented and young as Pat Lambie have to call it a day through injury,” he said in a tweet. 

From his time as a Springbok fly-half and playing for The Sharks, Lambie won the hearts of many South African’s, who took to Twitter to express their devastation at his exit. 


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