Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Last night the Barbarians and Ireland met in an international friendly at Kingsholm, Gloucester. The game featured some familiar faces from around the world, none more so than Baa Baa's flyhalf for the evening, Wallaby legend, Stephen Larkham.
Larkham has been out of rugby since his unfortunate injury in the World Cup and was meant to be heading to Edinburgh to start a new career there. That fell through though, and this season Larkham has been seen sitting on the sidelines as an anxious spectator at Brumbies home games.
The latest word is that he's going over to Japan to finish his career with a nice pay packet there. He's taken some time out though to play for the Barbarians, possibly as his last big showing on the international stage.
So what better way to welcome him back to rugby than with a big hit from a young man who was probably a teenager when Larkham was playing test rugby. Luke Fitzgerald put in this great hit, reminding Larkham that there's no such thing as an easy retirement from top flight rugby.
Note: Full highlights from this game are on the way, so check back soon.