Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Wallaby legend Stirling Mortlock's retirement tribute

Stirling Mortlock played his final game on Australian soil on the weekend, as the 35 year old Wallaby legend will be hanging up his boots at the end of this season. Here's a great look back at an incredible career that has spanned nearly 15 years.

The Rugby Club in Australia included a quick bit about Mortlock retiring in their Plays of the Week segment last week, but this is a much more in depth look at the great man's career, which started way back in 1998 with a famous Brumbies team.

At times plagued with injury however, Mortlock's passion was often his own worst enemy as he threw everything into every moment he was out on the park.

When asked by Nick McArdle what he would have liked to have known 15 years ago that he knows now, he said that he would have liked to have known not to push so hard, that he didn't have to go flat out all the time.

Playing like that however earned him the honour of becoming the fastest Australian to reach both 50 and 100 points, and the first Australian to score 20 or more points in four consecutive Tests. He went on to score over 1000 Super Rugby points, and just short of 500 in Tests.

His final home match was anything but a fairytale, but he still has a chance to leave his mark on the history books as he will now travel to South Africa with the Rebels, providing his calf stays strong.

"I have enjoyed every moment of it. It's been fantastic and there are so many people that have helped me get here," he said about his final match, and no doubt his career in general.

Have a browse through the related posts below the video, which feature a whole bunch of big tackles and great moments from the great man in action.

Credit: Thanks to  Fox Sports for the great segment

Posted by Rugbydump at 4:00 pm | View Comments (9)

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BarryT July 04, 2012 5:28 pm

such an unreal player, i wish that video had shown some of his hits and that try he scored against the all blacks a couple of years ago (can't remember exactly!) legend of the game no doubt

p.s. John Eales taking a kick at goal??

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Jon July 05, 2012 3:14 am

Eales always kicked for goal, he was the Wallabies first choice kicker.
Only goal kicking lock I've ever seen, though I'm sure there have been ore two others. He was a world class kicker too.

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Xenophile July 04, 2012 6:20 pm

Stirlo, you legend. Such an awesome all around player. Has to go down as one of the best centres in the modern era. Physical, fast, hard, fearless, and always played with heart.

A great example of a classy, but courageous competitor!

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booker July 05, 2012 3:05 am

one of the best and classy player Ive ever seen,always gives his long stirling

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kiwi July 05, 2012 4:07 am

A great player and true legend of the game.

Even as an AB fan, Stirling was impossible to not admire and respect.

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Canadian content July 05, 2012 2:04 pm

Agreed, rd how about a compilation of hits and runs by mortlock? Or one of u other Internet geeks?

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Juggernauter July 05, 2012 5:18 pm

I grew up watching this baldie playing and he was the reason I always wanted to play centre. Above all he earned respect, humble talented fella. All the best for him in the future!

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Pretzel July 06, 2012 12:20 am

Don't have the 4-5 mins to spare atm, but I'll watch this soon, I just hope they included a lot of highs, and one particular low of Mortlocks career... (a particularly interesting attempt to charge down the ball with his own balls...)... One of the techniques done by a pro that I won't attempt to replicate...

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RamRugby10 July 06, 2012 2:13 am

What a legend. Stirlock Mortling, you will be missed!

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