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Pat McCabe has returned to Canberra and will undergo the remaining weeks of his rehabilitation with the Brumbies Coaching and Medical staff.
The Wallabies inside centre was one of the top performers for his country during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, inflicting a mountain of pain with his bone-jarring defence.
McCabe suffered a shoulder injury during the World Cup and underwent surgery in Sydney six weeks ago. He is expected back playing at some point in the first half of the 2012 Super Rugby season.
While McCabe’s progress has been encouraging, there is still a long way to go and he was pleased to be home with the new-era Brumbies team.
“It’s good to be back in Canberra, I’ve been away for a few months with the World Cup and then with some rehab work in Sydney and there are quite a few changes around the place,” McCabe said.
“The club house is totally different it’s had a bit of a pick-me-up and there are a lot of new faces floating around too.
“From here I’m just working on getting my shoulder right so I can be back playing rugby. There’s a lot of work to be done between now and then but nothing we can’t handle.
“The World Cup was a great experience and one I will always remember but my focus has shifted to getting right for the Brumbies as soon as possible.”
Also finishing their international seasons on Sunday morning were Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore, who were both a part of the Wallabies team to beat Wales 24-18.
Both Alexander and Moore are enjoying some time off before returning to Canberra for the 2012 Super Rugby season.
H/W: 186cm, 94kg
DOB: 21/03/1988, Sydney
Senior Club: Western Districts, ACT
SR Caps: 27
SR Points: 20 (4t)
SR Debut: 2010 v Force, Perth
Test Caps: 11
Test Points: 10 (2t)
Test Debut: 2010 v Italy, Florence