5/24/2013

McCabe signature spells good news for Brumbies fans


University of Canberra Brumbies back Pat McCabe is looking forward to continuing his career in the capital after extending his stay at the club for a further two years.

The new deal will see McCabe remain in Brumbies colours until the end of the 2015 season, giving the star back the perfect opportunity to become a valuable leader of the young side.

McCabe has been an instrumental figure in the side’s back-line since making his Super Rugby debut in 2010 against the Western Force and currently sits just three shy of his 50 game milestone at the club.

Regarded as a road block in defense and a steam train in attack, McCabe has also represented the Wallabies on 18 occasions, making his debut after only one season for the Brumbies, against Italy on the 2010 Spring Tour.

But despite injuries plaguing the majority of his 2013 Super Rugby season, McCabe is excited about the prospect of representing the Brumbies for another two years.

“I am really happy, this is where I wanted to stay and where I think the best place for me to be is, so I am really happy with that,” McCabe said.

“I love it here and I love the playing group, and I think what Jake White has built here is a really great team culture and a great atmosphere.

“I think for me it was about playing where I think I am going to learn the most and improve the most.”

McCabe’s unlucky string of injuries continued on Saturday night when he picked up a knee injury in the loss to the Waratahs, leaving him on the sidelines for a further few weeks.

The injury will be the third McCabe will have to overcome in the last six months, after breaking his neck in last year’s Wallabies Spring Tour and then straining his hamstring against Tonga in March.

But while McCabe admits his recent run of injuries has been frustrating, he is thankful for the support the Brumbies have shown and hopes by resigning and staying loyal to the club it will repay their faith.

“I honestly didn’t look anywhere else, I have only played Super Rugby for the Brumbies and that’s how I would like to keep it,” McCabe said.

“With Steve Larkham here and with the backs group that we have, I think this is place to be for me.

“I didn’t see myself playing anywhere else.”

The University of Canberra Brumbies face the Auckland Blues this Saturday night at Eden Park, Auckland with kick off at 5.35pm AEST.