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About to retire due to injury??

Selborme Boomer, ex SA player. Won 20 caps for country. The following has been taken from the chronicle:

FORMER Springboks lock Selborme Boomer will today undergo surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon that will sideline him for the rest of the year. And the injury could even signal the end of his career with Saints.
Lineout specialist Boomer, who had been in brilliant form over the last month after overcoming groin strain problems, dropped like a stone as he jogged towards a lineout in the second half of Saints 25-23 Guinness Premiership thriller against London Irish and had to be helped off the pitch. Director of rugby Budge Pountney said "It is a long-term injury but we won't know the extent of the famage until after the operation" Boomer was switched from the second row to No.8 at the weekend and pountney added: He has been outstanding over the last four weeks, This is a blow not just in terms of his ability as a player, but also his standing in the squad and the respect he has from the other players.

Get well soon Boome.
I've the feeling that returning to Rugby after such a injury is a question of willingness, I mean the player has to go through very hard time for uncertain results. If this happens in the late twenties or early thirties then one can wonder wether all the efforts will pay off.

Castagneide and Garbajosa are two examples of players with have suffered of successive important injuries and who had to struggle to get back, Garbajosa has just started to play with Toulouse after more than two years of interruption. Wilkinson is another example. All these players were reatively young and they know that they had still between 5 and 8 years of top level Rugby to play.