Brodie Retallick From injured lock to player of the match, Brodie Retallick’s World Cup comeback

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When Brodie Retallick walked off the field at Westpac Stadium with a dislocated shoulder, hopes of seeing him at the Rugby World Cup slowly faded.

He was on the bench for 10 weeks after injuring himself in a home-based test match against South Africa in July.

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The team’s performance was hailed as “ruthless” by international media, but it was Retallick’s efforts that stood out.

But after being named on the touring squad, the veteran lock made his comeback on the world stage in the World Cup game against Namibia.

He was then named in the starting lineup for Friday’s bronze final match against Wales. The team’s performance – a 40-17 win – was hailed as “ruthless” by international media, but it was Retallick’s efforts that stood out.

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After the game, he was awarded the player of the match.

His strength in the rucks was touted as impressive, and he was integral in setting up Joe Moody’s try, the team’s first of the game.

Brodie Retallick Brodie Retallick's strength in the rucks was touted as impressive, and he was integral in setting up Joe Moody's try, the team's first of the game.

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Brodie Retallick’s strength in the rucks was touted as impressive, and he was integral in setting up Joe Moody’s try, the team’s first of the game.

In a post-match interview, Retallick said it was “awesome to be back”, especially after last week’s semifinal loss to England. However, he said the team channelled that disappointment into

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