This weekend, the Australian public will wave goodbye to their beloved half-backs George Gregan and Stephen Larkham, both of whom will retire after this year’s Rugby World Cup.
The match will be played despite controversy caused by Jake White’s decision to rest nearly all of his key players, with only Ruan Pienaar and JP Pietersen surviving from the Springboks’ win over Australia in South Africa.
With 231 caps between them, Gregan and Larkham have formed the spine of Australia’s team for several years, and that consistency in key positions has kept them competitive despite their weakenesses up front. They will both be sorely missed come October, when they leave to ply their trade in Europe.
Australia will be looking for revenge after their last-minute defeat in the reverse fixture, and after whingeing so publicly about South Africa’s selection, they will be very embarrassed if they lose. Fingers crossed!
Have a look at the video below, featuring an interview with George Gregan and his reflections on an illustrious career.