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Thu Apr 24 16:15:39 SAST 2014

Wallabies lock Vickerman retires

Reuters | 28 August, 2012 07:150 Comments
Dan Vickerman Announces Retirement
Dan Vickerman speaks during a press conference to announce his retirement at ARU HQ on August 28, 2012 in Sydney, Australia
Image by: Mark Kolbe / Getty Images

Former Australia lock Dan Vickerman has retired from rugby after a stress fracture in his right leg prevented him from playing at all this year.

The 33-year-old played 63 tests for the Wallabies after he represented his native South Africa at under-19 level before emigrating to Australia and linking up with the Brumbies Super Rugby franchise.

A hard-nosed and aggressive player, Vickerman made his international debut in 2002 and was a virtual automatic choice for the Wallabies from 2004 until 2008 when he left Australia to study at Cambridge University in England.

Vickerman returned to Australia in 2011, forcing his way back into the national side where he added a further eight caps to his tally and participated in his third World Cup campaign.

His final appearance for the Wallabies was in their World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand at Eden Park.

“To be able to get himself back into shape both physically and mentally in order to compete against the best players in the world was an insight into his character and his dedication,” Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said in a statement.

“It was particularly impressive considering he had completely stepped out of the game in order to prepare for his life beyond rugby.

“It is a huge shame that he has been cut short by injury when he still had so much to offer.”

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