Rathbone eyes Brumbies Super Rugby comeback

Former Wallabies and Brumbies winger Clyde Rathbone is hoping to make a fairytale comeback to playing rugby and has been training with the Brumbies.

Thirty-one-year-old Rathbone has been training with the Brumbies in a bid to win a contract for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

Rathbone retired from rugby in 2009 but has been been described as the “fittest he’s ever been” recently.

The South African born winger played 26 Test for the Wallabies and 52 matches for the Brumbies but was forced to retire after he was sidelined repeatedly with groin, knee, facial and hamstring issues.

Rathbone who played for Brumbies coach Jake White in the South Africa U/21 team revealed earlier this year that he has had a life-long battle with depression.

White and Rathbone won the U/21 Rugby World Championship in 2002 with South Africa before both relocated to Australia.

The pair have remained close White is reported to have offered Rathbone a chance earlier in the year but initially he turned his former coach down.

A Brumbies official confirmed to AAP that Rathbone who qualified to play for Australia through his Australian-born paternal grandmother hoped to snare a vacant backs position.

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