Legendary All Black Comes Out Of Retirement


Former World Cup winning All Blacks lock Brad Thorn is set come out of retirement to play for Queensland Country in this month’s National Rugby Championship.

Thorn, 41, retired from professional rugby in mid-2015 after 460 matches in rugby and league in a professional career spanning more than two decades. The Kiwi has won almost every major honour their is in rugby, including a Heineken Cup with Leinster.

I didn’t actually retire because of my body,” Thorn said in January.

“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.”

Queensland’s first game in the national championship is against the Canberra Vikings on August 27.

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