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    Force rake lives highs and lows

    Big things were expected of Western Force hooker Nathan Charles when the 2013 Super Rugby season started.

    He was on a meteoric rise.

    After two years playing for Australia in the Junior World Cup, Charles joined the Force mid-way through 2010 on a short-term contract and was so impressive he was called into the Wallabies' training squad for the spring tour.

    He was on an unbroken run of 44 Super games when it all came crashing down in the first home match of this year, rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 19-10 loss to the Cheetahs.

    But now 24-year-old Charles, the only professional athlete in the world with cystic fibrosis playing a contact sport, is back to full training after nine months of rehabilitation.

    "It has been a long road and I went through a few tough times there," Charles said. "Playing week in, week out having it ripped away from you is tough.

    "I've tried to take a few positives out of it, but there is nothing better than getting the all-clear from the surgeon, hearing 'you're good to go, nothing to worry about any more'.

    "I spent nearly every day of those nine months in rehab. You have to start from scratch. It's a slow progression and it gave me a lot of time out of rugby to discover a normal life.

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    He needs some of Alison's tender loving care ..

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    ...it gave me a lot of time out of rugby to discover a normal life...
    Normal life with no rugby? What is he talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ecky View Post
    Normal life with no rugby? What is he talking about?
    They might have used some artistic license with the removal of some quotation marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    They might have used some artistic license with the removal of some quotation marks.
    Yes, and life will return to the real normal in just over a month. This year the off-season has been very bearable, though, between the England cricket team, the fantastic weather and the fact that I will be on holidays from tomorrow morning until a week before Super Rugby kicks off. Whether I have a job to return to is another thing but that's all good too.

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