McCabe re-signs with Australian rugby
May 21, 2013
Pat McCabe is in line for a second IRB World Cup with the Wallabies © PA Photos
Wallabies inside centre Pat McCabe has re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union and the Brumbies.
The 25-year-old, who has represented his country in 19 Tests, inked a two-year deal which will take him through until the end of the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup in England.
In doing so; McCabe joins fellow Wallabies James Horwill, Scott Higginbotham, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Sekope Kepu, Ben McCalman, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore and Luke Burgess who have all recently recommitted to Australian Rugby.
Burgess is due to return to Australia next month, after a two-year stint with leading club Toulouse in the French Top 14.
A member of the Australian squad which finished third in New Zealand two years ago, McCabe acknowledged that the opportunity to attend a second World Cup provided an incentive to stay put.
"It is good to see that the core of the current Wallaby group is staying in Australia until the next World Cup," McCabe said. "That bodes well. If you look at previous winners of that tournament, like the All Blacks last time, they had a team that had played together for a long time. England in 2003 and South Africa in 2007 were the same. That continuity, which helped all of those sides, is something we will hopefully have with the Wallabies."
Last year saw McCabe involved in the senior player group within the team.
"I've had a great time," McCabe said of his Wallabies career. "It's been a privilege to wear the gold jersey and represent the country. One aspect of the team in the last couple of years is that most of the players have been of a similar age, so we've learnt together while having some great experiences."
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