Pat McCabe is a no-nonsense Australian rugby player that burst onto the scene in 2010. He can play in a variety of positions in the backline, but favours the inside centre role. After his debut in 2010 for the Brumbies he has gone on to play 49 times for the Canberra team. His form in 2010 saw him get his first call up for the Wallabies, something that he has now done 18 times. We sat with Pat and chatted to him about his injury, the Lions tour and all things rugby
Jabu: First off, how disappointed were you with getting injured after such a short time on the field against the Lions?
Pat: I was extremely disappointed. It was especially hard to take because I have already missed so much rugby this year and know that I’ll never get another chance to play against the lions.
Jabu: And importantly from that, how serious is your neck injury now? Is it as bad as the previous one?
Pat: I’ve re-fractured the C1 vertebrae in my neck so it is quite serious. The break is not quite as bad, but it will take longer to rehab as it is the second time.
Jabu: We hope the recovery goes well and you are able to continue the progress you have made with the Brumbies. Not being involved, how disappointed were you that the Lions won the series?
Pat: Really disappointed. It was tough having to watch and not being able to contribute to the team at all.
Jabu: You have now represented the Aussies in the World Cup and against the Lions, which would you rate a better experience?
Pat: They were quite similar in terms of the amount of build up before the games and the way in which the country got behind the team. But also unique in playing the same team three weeks in a row. While both are amazing, I would much rather win a World Cup than win the Lions series.
Jabu: Having scored a few tries for the Wallabies, do you remember your first one?
Pat: Yeh, my first try was against the Boks in Durban when we beat them in 2011, I didn’t have to do much to score, but was still very happy! (ATJ – 14-9 was the score).
Jabu: Moving onto the Provincial rugby now, how much of an impact has Jake White had on your career since taking over at the Brumbies?
Pat: Jake has been great. He has been successful with every team he has coached and so when he gives you advice you make sure you listen.
Jabu: You are one short of 50 Super Rugby caps now, have any of them stood out as a highlight?
Pat: Every game for the Brumbies is special but beating the Stormers at Newlands in 2010 and beating the Reds in Brisbane in 2011 stand out.
Jabu: Having played in various stadiums across the world, where is your favourite place to play rugby?
Pat: In Australia for the Wallabies and Canberra for the Brumbies. Nothing beats playing in front of a home crowd.
Jabu: If you weren’t a professional rugby player, what would you be doing?
Pat: I think I might be working as a lawyer in Sydney. Although I grew up wanting to be a professional body boarder so maybe still cruising around with my body board and flippers.
Jabu: All Things Jabu is a blog about all sport, so do you support any other sports?
Pat: Yeh I love watching sport. Pretty much anything except motor sport, specifically right into watching golf at the moment.
Jabu: You are known as one of the nice guys in Australian Rugby, What charities are close to your heart?
Pat: I’m lucky enough to be the ambassador for Special Olympics Canberra which I really enjoy being involved in and is extremely rewarding.
Jabu: Thanks Pat! Good luck with the recovery!