All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick took a hiatus from rugby in 2017 to spend time with his family after the devastating premature death of his second child.
“We already had one daughter before then so it had a big impact on us,” he said in an interview with Sky Sport.
Retallick said it was the reason he didn’t join the team on the tour of South Africa and bowed out of playing for the remainder of the year.
“It’s easy to get caught up in this environment that rugby’s the be all and end all but we’re all humans outside of this team and … everyone’s got things going on. Some things that might have seemed like a big problem before then are not so big anymore and you just carry on and move on.”
He said losing a child prematurely was something he would never forget.
This year has been a rollercoaster ride for Retallick, who dislocated his shoulder in the test match against South Africa at Westpac Stadium.
The dislocation also pinched a nerve, causing numbness in his fingers and arms. That, he said, was why the healing time of the injury was a mystery.
“That was what the real uncertainty was about really is when the function of those muscles and fingers were gonna come back.
The one thing that no-one could tell me when it was gonna come right. With a nerve, it’s not like a bone where they can say you know it’s six or eight weeks … the scary bit about it was there was a chance that I could be sitting at home now with it still there.”
Whether he would make the 2019 World Cup squad was also a mystery to him – Retallick heard the news the same time as the public when the team was announced.
His lack of playing time due to the injury made him nervous, he said.
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Publish date : 2019-10-09 19:08:00