Pat McCabe (rugby union)

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Pat McCabe
Pat McCabe in October 2012.jpg
Pat McCabe in October 2012
Full name Patrick Joseph McCabe
Date of birth (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Manly, Sydney
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
School St Aloysius' College
University Macquarie University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Inside Centre / Wing / Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Central Coast Rays
Canberra Vikings
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–2014 Brumbies 66 (50)
correct as of 27 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–2014 Australia 24 (25)
correct as of 24 August 2014.

Pat McCabe (born 21 March 1988) is a retired professional Australian rugby union player. He played for the ACT Brumbies in the Super 15, and Warringah in Sydney and had also represented Australia. He was a utility player, able to cover inside centre, outside centre, winger or fullback.

Professional rugby career[edit]

McCabe joined the Brumbies training squad in 2009[1] and the full-time squad for 2010 on a 2 year contract.[2][3] He was the Brumbies 'Player of the Tour' in their four-match French tour in July/August 2009.[4] He had a knee injury in 2008 which prevented him from playing Super 14 but recovered to play on the end of season tour.[5]

He established a starting position at the Brumbies on the right wing (#14) in the 2010 Super 14. After just 4 rounds he got a talk up from his coach Andy Friend basically just saying that he was carving it and had the ability to play for the Wallabies.[6] He was the only Brumbies player to play every minute of the 2010 Super 14 regular season.[7] He was later named the 2010 Australian Super 14 rookie of the year, capping off a successful debut season.[8]

After initially being selected in the Australian sevens team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but having to withdraw due to injury,

McCabe has won the ARC with the Central Coast Rays,[9] featured for Australia in the 2007 U/19 World Cup,[10] and played for the NSW Waratahs on a development tour of Europe in 2006.[11] He was also the Rat Boys' Best & Fairest in 2008 scoring 21 tries.[5]

Wallabies career[edit]

McCabe was selected on the Wallabies 2010 tour of Europe. He featured in midweek games against Leicester and Munster, before winning his debut Test Cap against Italy, appearing as a late substitute for Adam Ashley-Cooper in the Wallabies win over the Azzurri at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence. He was later named the Rugby Union Players Association's newcomer of the year.[12] Pat made his Rugby World Cup debut in 2011 in New Zealand also against Italy playing at Inside Centre, he featured in the same position in his second and third games versus Ireland and the USA respectively, before missing the next game against Russia due to a shoulder injury sustained in the USA match.

In 2012, prior to the Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, and Argentina, McCabe became a new member of the Wallabies Test-team leadership group, along with another new member, Rebels centre James O'Connor. The groups' other three members are: Will Genia, James Horwill, and David Pocock. The group meets with Wallabies coaching and managerial staff to discuss team strategy, planning and off-field logistics.[13]

In August 2014, after suffering another injury in round 2 of the 2014 Rugby Championship, McCabe was forced to retire from rugby after consulting with a specialist.[14]


  1. ^ "Yanuyanutawa heads Academy inductees". Brumbies. Retrieved 2013-06-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Academy pair graduates to Brumbies contracts". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ No Cookies |
  4. ^ Sports Digital Media - (2009-08-06). "Wilkinson puts the boot into Brumbies". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Dutton, Chris (8 March 2010). "Brumbies coach sees a star in boom rookie McCabe". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax). 
  7. ^ Warren, Adrian (15 May 2010). "Minor tweaks for bucking Brumbies". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax). 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ SMH Article[dead link]
  10. ^ News, IRB (5 April 2007). "IRB U19 Championship - Pool A, Round 1 Results". 365 Media. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  11. ^ "Tahs end tour with win". Fox Sports (News). AAP. 2006-10-09. Archived from FOX Sports article the original on 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2006-10-29. 
  12. ^ [3][dead link]
  13. ^ Growden, Greg (27 June 2012). "Deans delighted to let McCabe take centre stage". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Rugby: Wallaby McCabe forced into retirement". Fairfax. NZ Hearld. Retrieved 27 August 2014.