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So long, Georgie G


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Wallabies on 9 Dec 2010 at 09:56
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The most-capped test player ever, Australian scrumhalf George Gregan, has announced his retirement from all rugby.

One of those players whom opposition supporters have always loved to hate, the Zambian-born Gregan is currently plying his trade in Japan, after a stint with Toulon in the south of France. At 37 years of age, Gregan has decided to call time on a career that saw him capped 139 times for his beloved Wallabies over a 13-year period, before retiring from the international scene back in 2007.

Gregan was a key member of the Australian side that won the Rugby World Cup in 1999. During his heyday, he has also winners medals from the Tri-Nations, Bledisloe Cup and Super 12 (two) as well as helping his side to a series win over the British Lions in 2001.

Cheers, George. It’s been a blast and the game just won’t be the same without you, mate!



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  • 3 cheers for George!Most definitely loved to hate this dude

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.12.10 10:03:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • One of those players that I loved to hate :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.12.10 10:03:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Snap!

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.12.10 10:08:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : :lol:
    Hating aside, thanks for the memories dude, 4 more years boys, and then of course theirs the trinations game with John Smit coming through a ruck and completely owning him, aaah good times

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.12.10 10:11:24 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 4) : I also always remember THAT tackle he made on Jeff Wilson to ‘win’ the Bledisloe cup. He is a legend but damn I couldn’t stand him ;-)

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.12.10 10:16:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Legend

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.12.10 10:19:28 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 6) : Legend with a big mouth :lol: Could be a movie ;-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.12.10 10:23:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I just sent him the link to this, so play nice :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.12.10 10:25:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) :

    His mouth was as important as his pass, he used it to devastating effect.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.12.10 10:27:19 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : He’ll probably enjoy it ;-)

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.12.10 10:27:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The kind of guy you hate whenever he plays your team, but admire whenever he plays against others.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.12.10 10:28:19 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Cough -namedropper- cough..

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.12.10 10:29:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Im sure it will be cool, we saffers do give respect where its due albeit a bit begrudgingly.Would be stoked if he could come on and post the ref chirp when he and John Smit were called in.Something along the lines of “John are you the ref?No?Yeah, hes the guy with the whistle lets let him ref shall we?” John just throwing out Jedi death stares

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.12.10 10:29:39 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Here we go, Rugbydump to the rescue http://rugbydump.blogspot.com/2008/07/friday-funnies-gregan-chirping-smit.html

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.12.10 10:36:32 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Legend. Enjoy your retirement Georgie!

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.12.10 10:53:53 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 13) : it was classic… you know they’re actually quite good mates off the field?

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.12.10 11:00:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Georgie G… What a player. One of the all time greats of the game IMO.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.12.10 11:02:07 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • One of the All Time Greats!! :smile:

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.12.10 11:03:22 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : I believe so

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.12.10 11:03:22 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Sydney Football Stadium 1994 – ‘That Tackle’- what an effort !

    One of my greatest memories of Mr Gregan ! :cool:

    Thanks for the memories ! :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.12.10 11:05:48 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 17) : snap!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.12.10 11:05:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 20) : I didn’t think ‘That Tackle’ would sit well with a AB supporter ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.12.10 11:21:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Rickie “Shepherd’s Pie” January is still baas though.

    Right wpw?

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.12.10 11:23:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 23) : Got Ricki at Ratanga Junction on Friday, he was both too short and too heavy to go on the rides :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.12.10 11:28:49 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) :

    Not when you are a big Jeff Wilson fan ! :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.12.10 11:28:53 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 24) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.12.10 11:40:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 24) :

    bwahahahahahaa :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.12.10 11:57:36 by wpw Reply
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  • Some of my best memories of Gregan were of him as a Brumby in Super 12. Their style of play under McQueen then Jones then Nucifora was really special, being based on possession, possession, possession mixed in with creativity. They would often go thru 5+ phases before coming up with a moment of magic. Gregan no doubt a great player was also surrounded by some of the most creative players in the game at that time. The likes of Steve Larkham, Pat Howard, Joe Roff, Stirling Mortlock, Andrew Walker and even Rod Kafer contributed to some very entertaining rugby. My favourite move was the cheeky yet always effective backflip pass that GG would often offload to the brilliant Owen Finnegan. Gregan is player I’ll remember for seldom kicking, good defending, arriving timeously at every single ruck and most importantly being one of the best minds and therefore decision-makers that our wonderful game has ever know.

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.12.10 12:30:46 by beet Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 24) : Better watch out he might just sit on you ;-)

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.12.10 12:47:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 29) : Jokes aside, he also looks like he could hand out a porper pakslae

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.12.10 13:21:33 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 30) : it’s the orc thing, isn’t it?

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.12.10 13:42:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    Just try to grab his Nandos burger and he’ll be like: ‘My preeecciiooouuss’ :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.12.10 14:00:35 by wpw Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 14) : Great clip. definitely a love to hate kinda player!

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.12.10 14:10:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 28) : Very well said agree 100%.

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.12.10 14:14:33 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Cheers Georgie, you legend.

    @beet (Comment 28) : Agree. I remember watching the Brumbies playing the Stormers in early 200+ at Newlands. As a neutral I just wanted to be entertained and boy did the Brumbies oblige that day – there just always seemed to be somebody running at an impossible into space, hanging onto backflipped and blind passes. That was royal entertainment. They gave The Stormers a pasting that day.

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.12.10 14:53:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • He was definitely one of those players you loved to hate but no one could deny he was bloody good in his hey day.

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.12.10 17:42:12 by lostfish Reply
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  • What a character! I’ll always remember how he couldnt stop talking to refs. Irritated the crap out of me. Live well George :smile:

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.12.10 19:26:37 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • can’t put the face to the name but so long Georgie it was well i’m nt even going to go into this just cheers so long

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.12.10 16:58:34 by chaz Reply

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