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Pat Lambie had to retire at the age of 28 because of concussion (file photo).
Former Springbok Pat Lambie stopped playing at the age of 28 and suffered from concussions for three years.
Lambie – a former teammate of Dan Carter at the French club Racing 92 – named Saturday the time of his career.
He told the French sports newspaper L & # 39; Equipe he was plagued with "trembling legs, headaches, migraines and eye irritations" and decided to hang his boots because of the "persistent symptoms after the concussion".
"I have not been able to do weight sessions for the last two and a half months because I had terrible headaches," he said.
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"I followed the advice of two neurologists who advised me to stop rugby."
The Durban-born Lambie, who played 56 tests between 2010 and 2016, almost stopped playing rugby before joining Racing in 2017.
The utility back – at home with fullback, midfield or first five-eighth – spent six months on the sidelines after a collision with a Sharks teammate in a Super Rugby match and, after arriving in France, again compromised in a match against Oyonnax, with symptoms "lasting about 40 days",
Racing 92 owner and president Jacky Lorenzetti said about South Africa Times Live website that the Paris club understood the decision of Lambie, "but we regret that such a game of the game is forced to retire".
"From a sportive point of view, his decision is a hit for Racing, and it is sad news for me and for the whole club.
"Patrick is a great champion, a nice boy, as elegant on the field as outside, in short, an angel! At the club we all had a sincere and friendly relationship with him and we were amazed at his desire to integrate.
"But willpower is unfortunately not everything Patrick has suffered several injuries.Sport, and in particular his medical service, have done everything to ensure that he was in the best condition, so he could express his immense qualities.
"He recovered completely from a knee injury, suffered in the final of the European Cup, but there were other problems that he could not surpass."