IN an unexpected move, Springboks flyhalf Pat Lambie has decided to move to Racing 92 in the French Top 14 on a three-year contract after he mutually agreed on a termination of his contract with the Sharks and Saru.
The main reason behind the move, which will end his 11-year stay with the Durban side, as Lambie explains it, is a bid to end his cycle of unfortunate incidents, one of which was a second concussion suffered back in May.
Lambie will still be permitted to play for the Springboks, who are currently in New Zealand preparing for their Saturday clash against the All Blacks, as he has 56 caps that are over the stipulated number needed for an overseasbased player to be selected.
“Playing for the team (Sharks) that I’ve supported all my life has been a dream come true and an absolute honour. The decision to leave a place that will always remain home was not an easy one; however after having a number of setbacks over the last few years, the thinking is to break the cycle and to go experience something different in a new environment,” Lambie said.
Having been out of action for a while, with fans eager for his return as both the Boks and Sharks were thin in the flyhalf position, doubts started circulating that his recent injury may have ended his career for good.
But Sharks team doctor Alan Kourie has categorically shot this idea down, affirming that the 26 year old is over his recent concussion and will definitely play top level rugby again without putting his health in danger.
“Patrick is fully recovered from his concussion sustained in May this year and has been for some time now. He has been training symptom-free for the last two months while also enjoying activities he loves outside of the rugby setting, like golf and surfing,” Kourie said.
“Our suggested time off for him to recover was 3-6 months and he sits nicely in the middle of that period. Most importantly he is in a great mental space and he looks forward to playing rugby again at the highest level.”