Pat get­ting head back in the game

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MIKE GREEN­AWAY Dur­ban

BOTH the Sharks and Pat­ick Lam­bie have re­futed claims from a French news­pa­per that he has signed a done-and­dusted deal with Paris club Rac­ing 92.

Ac­cord­ing to a Sharks spokesper­son, Lam­bie is con­tracted to the Sharks and links with the French club made through Midi-Olympique news­pa­per are spec­u­la­tion.

The 26-year-old is still un­der­go­ing re­turn-to-play pro­to­cols af­ter a con­cus­sion ear­lier this year, the lat­est in a se­ries of un­lucky in­jury in­ci­dents, and he first needs to be med­i­cally cleared be­fore he makes a de­ci­sion on his rugby ca­reer.

The French news­pa­per in­sist that Lam­bie is join­ing the Paris club on a three-year-deal.

Yes­ter­day, Lam­bie re­port­edly said on Twit­ter that “de­spite some ru­mours, I need to get fit and be cleared to play again be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sions on the fu­ture.”

The Sharks re­ferred the me­dia to a July 6 press re­lease that said the fly­half was look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to the game.

“I will be play­ing rugby again and I cer­tainly have no plans to re­tire,” he said. “My fo­cus for now is purely on mak­ing a full re­cov­ery and get­ting fit and strong again. Once the three-month rest pe­riod has been com­pleted, I will be re­assessed to de­ter­mine where we are in terms of the rugby cal­en­dar for the rest of the 2017 sea­son.”

The 56-Test Spring­bok is con­tracted to play for the Sharks in Su­per Rugby next year. There have been ru­mours in the press for some time that Lam­bie wants a break from the South African game af­ter his run of mis­for­tune and the French club Rac­ing 92 has been linked with Lam­bie in the past.

There has also been spec­u­la­tion from the Cape that Storm­ers fly­half Robert du Preez could be re­turn­ing to his na­tive Dur­ban.

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