Former All Blacks legend Brad Thorn has revealed that he is to lace up the boots once again at the age of 41 after having only retired last year.
Thorn, who had initially crossed codes to the XV aside discipline from league, is one of a highly rare breed of player who has won the ‘holy-trinity’ of rugby in capturing a World Cup, Super Rugby and European Cup over the duration of his illustrious career.
This latest installment in the man’s legendary career is set to see him join Australian National Rugby Championship side Queensland Country, where he will take up a player/coaching position. What with the injury to fellow club man and Australian international Rob Simmons, Thorn is poised to see plenty of game time over the duration of the season.
At the not-so tender age of 41, Thorn had retired last year after playing a total of 460 games in both union and league in a career which spanned more than two decades.
Speaking to the press Thorn stated that it was not matters of the body and health that influenced his decision into retirement, rather he just felt that that was the logical thing for a 40-year old rugby player to do: (via stuff.co.nz)
“I didn’t actually retire because of my body,” Thorn said.
“I retired because it seemed like I should — I turned 40. If you had of put the number 32 next to my name I would have signed another two-year contract.
“My body feels good. And I’ve had a few contacts from clubs about playing overseas, and I sort of say to them ‘that would be fun’ because I just love playing, but this is my focus now and it’s good to have the family back here, and it’s sort of the long-term plan and not popping around everywhere.”
Queenland’s first game of the upcoming NRC will be against the Canberra Vikings on August 27.