Australia Rugby
McCabe sidelined for six months
ESPNscrum Staff
October 26, 2011
Australia's Pat McCabe hurdles the challenge to dive over the line, Australia v USA, Rugby World Cup, Wellington, New Zealand, September 23, 2011
Australia centre Pat McCabe had his Rugby World Cup cut short by injury © Getty Images

Brumbies centre Pat McCabe will miss the start of the Super Rugby season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his shoulder.

The Wallabies ace damaged the joint during the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup but returned to face New Zealand in the semi-finals. However, it became clear that all was not well with his shoulder and he was forced to go under the knife in Sydney on Tuesday night.

''I wanted to have the surgery as early as possible, because it's a six-month recovery and I wanted to miss as few games as possible for the Brumbies,'' McCabe told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''It's obviously pretty frustrating but it's something I have to get right. I have to look at it as an opportunity to improve my skills and physical attributes for when I can play again in March.

''This year has been long, and it has taken its toll physically and mentally so, hopefully, I'll come back fully recharged and ready to go for the Brumbies.''

As well as missing at least the opening four rounds of the Super Rugby season, McCabe will also be unavailable for Australia's upcoming clashes with the Barbarians and Wales.

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