No more Pat

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 27 Jun 2017 at 09:57
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In news that is unlikely to really surprise anyone, Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann has confirmed that Pat Lambie is unlikely to play any further rugby this year.

I’m going to jump the gun on this one a little bit and exhort Pat, directly, to please retire from rugby and concentrate his considerable talents elsewhere. Long-term health of the brain is absolutely vital and for a bright guy like Pat, it’s simply not worth taking the risk of suffering permanent harm just for a few more years in this brutal game.

Pat is incredibly fortunate, relatively speaking, in that he has the option to pursue any number of careers and has family support and connections to back him up. Hell, it’s not even too late for him to make a go of a career as a professional cricketer, if the sports bug hasn’t’ quite stopped biting.

Pat – I want to thank you form the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for the Sharks. It’s time now, my friend, to put your health first and step away from the battleground. Please.


  • Sad and harsh reality of contact sports… good luck on whatever you decide, Pat

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.06.17 09:59:31 by T-Shark Reply
  • Always wondered why Braam van Straten wore a scrum pet. And he was not even a small guy. Maybe that is an option? Matt Guitau, Stephen Larkham.. Even Johny Wilkinson wore it some times. Just a thought. But ultimately he needs to make the call.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.06.17 10:03:38 by ebenp Reply
  • Let’s hope Lambie stays involved with Sharks rugby in some capacity….but playing any further rugby should be shelved for good (if it’s difficult for me to want him to retire, I can’t imagine how hard it must be for him).

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.06.17 10:04:18 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @ebenp (Comment 2) : I’m afraid that all the tests show that scrum caps do nothing to protect you from head knocks and concussion. If anything, the only thing they really achieve is to protect your ears.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.06.17 10:05:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : ….actually, I’m hoping he makes a full recovery and finds a way to have a successful (ie injury free) career from 2018 onwards.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.06.17 10:06:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : This headline is something I imagine Pat’s brain (and wife) might be telling/begging him.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.06.17 10:08:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : I’m done with sitting on the fence, personally. I want him to step away now. I think it’s best for everyone if he does.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.06.17 10:16:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • For me this is six months late,his people should have called it after the Stander hit.
    He has been gambling with his life every game since then and had a couple of serious hits, to the head.
    This is such a sadly managed career, he should have been one of the all time greats, instead his career is a series of what ifs.
    What if he had been solidly played at 10,what if he had been constantly paired with Ross Cronje from school.
    Anyway am relieved he has called it.He is one of the games true gentlemen, some one you want your kids to look up to,
    I have heard that he only continued playing because he considered it such a great honour to captain the Sharks.
    Never a guy to chase the money, doubt if we will see a man of his character at the Sharks again.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.06.17 10:35:29 by The hound Reply
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  • Health first, always. Time to take up the cricket bat.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.06.17 10:40:53 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I see Sport24 published your Tweet urging Pat to retire.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.06.17 10:54:21 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Feel for the man, it must be an extremely tough decision to face. Whatever you decide, thanks for your service and loyalty Pat. A true gentleman of the sport.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.06.17 10:55:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I felt that way when he got the head knock again….but then hope slowly crep back in to the point where I’m disappointed that we won’t have him for CC.

    In essence, I can fully understand his reluctance to retire.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.06.17 10:58:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Rob featuring in a News24 article…who would have thought 😉
    Got to say i agree with the sentiment here….he has missed the majority of the last 4 seasons with serious injury. Many players have retired over less.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.06.17 11:13:21 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 10) : nice. I will enjoy the 15 minutes but I have to query why they bothered doing that…. there’s absolutely no context in the piece as to why

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.06.17 11:13:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 8) : he’s a top man, of that there can be no doubt.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.06.17 11:13:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • I saw an article talking about the Sharks courting Robert du Preez’s other son who’s playing for WP to move back to the Sharks as there was talk of Lambie permanently hanging up his boots. Apparently the negotiations were pretty much all but done. @Rob do you know anything about that?

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.06.17 11:17:46 by jakkalas Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : You’re looking for context in a News24 article? 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.06.17 11:29:58 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @jakkalas (Comment 16) : I saw it being mentioned here in one of the Cape papers as if it was a done thing. No confirmartion from anyone though.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.06.17 12:01:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • You know, i’m one of those guys that find it difficult to really have a favorite player – my first was Gary Teichman then Butch James then Adi Jacobs and Then Pat Lambie – so then I have to choose another – that’s besides the point. My wife and I actually discussed this after that first big knock he took, he just never really played the “same” before – he should rather retire for his and his family’s best interest. All the Best Pat! You are already a legend!

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.06.17 12:19:16 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @jakkalas (Comment 16) : nobody is replying to me 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.06.17 12:21:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pat needs to head to Europe to play there. It should help him get stronger and work through these issues

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.06.17 12:21:10 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 21) : getting concussed has nothing to do with strength….

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.06.17 12:23:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, just to clarify. There’s been no indication from either Pat or the Sharks that he’s considering retiring? Or can we do some reading between the lines of this announcement from Gary?

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.06.17 12:40:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Sad news, but in the long run it will be better if he retires.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.06.17 12:42:08 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @DuToit04 (Comment 19) : We actually have very similar lists, although I have to swop out Teichman for Andre Joubert, probably my first ever favourite player! (and put in Frans Steyn somewhere in there as well)

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.06.17 12:43:51 by HeinF Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : I have a feeling they waiting on a few things and final call will be made end of the season.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.06.17 12:52:43 by SheldonK Reply

  • If we are expecting him to step away it will be a sad day indeed. Not only for him and his family but the hordes of fans who have always wanted him to go on to do so much more. A true “Sharks Man”, I am so sad to think what a tragedy this is but I have to agree that he needs to think of his health before anything else.

    My thoughts now drift to fate and perhaps Pat was never meant to be the legendary player we thought he would be but rather the coach we have been looking for since Ian Mac. Pats no fool and one that can read a game. I hope that if he chooses not to return to the playing field he chooses a career that sits him very close to it.

    Best of luck, no matter what, to a man I respect tremendously.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.06.17 13:26:19 by Hulk Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : no, nothing at all has been said. All speculation. But I think retirement is the right option for him now

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.06.17 15:16:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Agreed. Just wondering whether he’s come to the same conclusion or not.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.06.17 21:15:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 10) : They have many backline injuries but just about have a first choose forward pack to select and getting smit back is a big plus for them, thus I predict a tough game this friday night

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.06.17 03:41:32 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 21) : He should already have done that a year or two ago. Take it slow for a year heal fully.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.06.17 05:52:49 by coolfusion Reply

  • Either way it’s the right call from Teichman and Lambie to not play any more this year. I hope that extends to springbok rugby as well.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.06.17 05:54:20 by coolfusion Reply

  • My wife recently made a joke that when players get involved in a serious relationships they start having more injuries…. Pat got engaged in 2013 and married in 2015. According to Supersport he has been basically “out” of the Sharks team due to injuries for the last 4 years.

    Just saying

    Al the best to you, Pat

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.06.17 10:32:00 by BluffShark Reply

  • I hope he retires. Alot of us here have been calling for it for a while now. He is smart enough and talented enough to make a go at any career he chooses, rugby is just a game and he has loved ones to look after and be around for decades to come.

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.06.17 14:13:12 by Poisy Reply

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