after several concussions, Pat Lambie, Racing 92, stops his career

After a series of dramas, the French Rugby Federation wants to experiment with new tackling after the death of young players.

The World with AFP Posted today at 12h46, updated at 13h12

Time to Reading 1 min.

Pat Lambie at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on May 11, 2018, before the match between Leinster and Racing 92.
Pat Lambie at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on May 11, 2018, before the match between Leinster and Racing 92. GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

Aged 28, Pat Lambie, the South African opener for Racing 92 announces, in the French sports daily The TeamSaturday, January 19, that he puts an end to his career. Involved, many concussions suffered and "Post-concussion symptoms that persisted".

The South African international (56 caps), recruited at the end of 2017 by Racing 92 to succeed Dan Carter, says to himself "Relieved" to have made this decision: "I will not risk a new head injury. The symptoms continued at home in recent weeks and I did not want to expose myself to more serious damage "he explains.

Two concussions in June 2016 and May 2017

Before his arrival in France, the Springbok had already considered stopping rugby because of three concussions, including "Two really major ones" endured in South Africa in June 2016 and May 2017. After the latter, the number 10 waited six months before replaying.

But the symptoms came back after a new concussion suffered in Oyonnax at the end of December 2017. "They lasted about forty days. I was able to play again at the end of February. I felt OK but I was not at my best, details Lambie, whose symptoms worsened in recent months as he recovered from a broken cruciate ligament in his right knee in the European Cup final against Leinster (15-12 defeat) in May in Bilbao.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also "Rugby must not sink into the sport business"

"Two neurologists advised me to stop rugby. (...) So I followed the opinion of specialists "

Pat Lambie, who draws a cross on his hopes of playing in September a third World Cup, after 2011 and 2015, describes "Legs that flake", migraines and eye irritations. "I have not been able to do any bodybuilding sessions in the last two and a half months because I had a terrible headache. I followed the advice of two neurologists (...). Their opinions came together: they advised me to stop rugby. (...) So I followed the opinion of the specialists. "

According to the coaching of his club in France, he had to return to competition at the end of January, after eight months of absence, to replace the Scottish Finn Russell mobilized by the Six Nations Tournament with his selection.

After a series of dramas, the French Rugby Federation wants to experiment with new tackling after the death of young players.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Three dead in seven months: French rugby forced to react
React or view all comments

Comments