Rathbone close to return
Brumbies boss Jake White has declared Clyde Rathbone's comeback on track and hinted that the former Wallaby wing could be in action in their Super Rugby opener against the Reds.
South African-born Rathbone, who captained the Baby Boks under White's guidance as coach, is trying to resurrect his career after three years of retirement.
Rathbone struggled with depression after several injuries curtailed his career prematurely but White said the player seemed to have finally overcome those setbacks.
"He's waited a long time and you can see he's still got it," White told the Canberra Times.
'"Just the little things he does - a big tackle, the pick up and chip down the field, it's reminiscent of what he was like. I'm chuffed for him and mentally (the opposed session on Friday) will be a massive step for him; he will be confident that he can do it."
"If he's in the mix for the Reds game he'll get more time in the last trial and all I was worried about was mentally whether he had the demons in his head. But I can see he's ready to go."
Rathbone said although it had been a difficult task to get back to full fitness, he was keen to repay the faith shown in him by the ACT Brumbies.
"The whole idea of the trials is to tick a box, it's a step in getting back to playing again and if I get some more time this week it will be another step forward," Rathbone said.
"I wasn't worried about any lack of desire. My nerves were just about being in the right space and not being too anxious or trying too hard.The key is to get more running in my legs, but if February 16 rolls around and I'm in the selection mix I've got no hesitation putting my hand up and being ready."
"There's only so much you can prove in training, you have to get out on the field and do it," Rathbone said.