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Springboks star fly-half set to announce shock retirement, according to reports

Springboks and Racing 92 star Pat Lambie is set to call time on his playing career following a series of concussions.

French media titles Midi Olympique and actu.fr are reporting the 28-year-old will make the announcement imminently after several months battling concussion symptoms.

Lambie, capped 56 times by South Africa, spent time on the sidelines after a clash of heads with Ireland no.8 CJ Stander in June 2016. And by the time he recovered, another concussion arising from a collision with Sharks teammate Rhyno Smith a year later would lead to him spending a total of ten months out of action.

In September 2017, he signed a four-year contract with Parisian club Racing 92, but his time in the Top14 has also been limited by terrible luck with injuries. Concussion troubles aside, Lambie led Racing to the Champions Cup final only to rupture knee ligaments a mere three minutes into their showdown with Leinster.

Part of South Africa’s World Cup squad in 2015, Lambie also fractured an eye socket playing for Racing against Oyonnax in January 2018.

In 2014, he famously kicked a late, long-range penalty against the All Blacks to give the Boks a 27-25 win.

Racing 92 have yet to make comment.

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