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Mauger forced to quit


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news on 30 Mar 2010 at 12:57
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Former All Black Aaron Mauger has announced his immediate retirement after failing to recover from a persistent back injury.

Skysports.com reports that Mauger had been due to leave Leicester Tigers at the end of the season in a bid to break back into the New Zealand team ahead of the 2011 World Cup.

However the 29-year-old has been forced to hang up his boots after losing his battle to return to full fitness.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that, due to ongoing complications with a back injury sustained 12 months ago, I announce my retirement from the game today,” said Mauger, who scored eight tries in 53 appearances for the Tigers.

“After many different specialist treatments in the UK and Germany, along with an intense rehab plan with the club medical staff at Leicester Tigers, I have been unable to regain full fitness and participate in full team training and games without re-injuring myself. So unfortunately retiring now seems the last but only realistic option available.

“I would like to thank the club and medical staff for their help over the last year and for their continued treatment and plan to rehabilitate me back to a normal level of function before my family and I depart home to New Zealand in June.

“I am gutted to be finishing my playing career many years before I had planned. This scenario also means I will have to let go of my aspirations of returning to play in New Zealand and my desire to compete for an All Black jersey again.



26 Comments

  • Sorry boet, good luck with the future :neutral:

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.10 13:15:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • This guy would have made a huge difference to their backline. He is a much better 12 than Nonu and McAlister…

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.10 13:53:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : i agree, he should have started that quarterfinal against the french in the 07 rwc

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.10 13:57:49 by war1 Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : yip.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.10 13:58:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) :

    Was he injured??? If not then Graham Henry made a huge mistake by not starting with him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.10 14:25:37 by wpw Reply
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  • Fantastic player….intelligent player that also made the players around him look great

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.10 14:29:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : Het jy al ‘lunch’ gehad? :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.10 14:31:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Turns out Mauger and Chris Jack were both substituted in that quarterfinal loss against the French!! :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.10 14:33:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) :

    hehehehe

    Ja, n bobotie wrap!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.10 14:35:42 by wpw Reply
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  • It’s a shame to see him leave the game so early but it is good to see that he isn’t pushing himself to play and risk the possibility of a non-recoverable injury.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.10 14:37:14 by Milissa Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : Klink lekker…

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.10 14:39:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • this is far bigger than if francois steyn was retiring…mauger is twice the class of steyn…

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.10 14:47:14 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 12) : always rated this lad… the all blacks were a different side when he was playing.

    He had a brother, didn’t he? What became of him?

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.10 14:51:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Aaron Mauger ;-) Don’t know…

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.10 14:55:26 by Charlie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : yeah, nathan, migrated north before aaron even i think

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.03.10 14:55:47 by war1 Reply
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  • afternoon everyone glad to see everyone is up and about with the blogging hmmmm :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.03.10 15:00:59 by Chaz Reply

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  • it must be hard to give up something that you worked for all your life and with a back injury :sad: but that comes with the game i surpose well good luck for the future :smile:

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.03.10 15:03:19 by Chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : My hubby won’t be pleased about this :sad: he supports the all blacks ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.03.10 15:05:21 by Chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : played for gloucester and treviso and then some where else (wikipedia says ricoh in france?? which does not make sense to me as I thought ricoh was a club in japan) and has now returned to christchurch to start an academy

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.03.10 15:07:08 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 15) : ah yes, Nathan. He wasn’t all that good, was he?

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.03.10 15:09:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Chaz (Comment 18) :

    My dog supports the ABs too (b/c he is all black and if you are drunk and squint, the white strip on his chest could resemble a fern if you twist your head this way and that) :lol: . Poor pup, they lost to France in RWC on his birthday. I was glad I had let him eat his cake prior to KO bc after all he did was mope around the house.

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.03.10 15:24:54 by Milissa Reply

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  • @Milissa (Comment 21) : i’ve got a dog also and he black just black i surpose we can say is a all black but me a big SA supporter :mrgreen: brough my hubby a SA shirt he never wanted to wear it so me gave it away got him a AB one and framed it for the bar with the world cup 1995 we all supporting the SA he dame ABs :sad:

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.03.10 15:30:28 by Chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : he has a super 12 winners medal doesn’t he?

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.03.10 15:35:48 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 23) : so does Rayno Gerber

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.03.10 15:47:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • It’s never nice to hear a player has to retire through injury, he was a damn fine player and he is a big loss to rugby and NZ.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.03.10 16:43:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Milissa (Comment 21) : :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.03.10 08:17:41 by Letgo Reply
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