Breakdown efficiency and youth will beat AllBlacks says Vickerman

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James Mortimer     30 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Vickerman, who left Australia to study at Cambridge University for three years to set himself up for life after rugby, returned for the Wallabies last year, and made their squad for the Investec Tri-Nations and the World Cup.

However a shin stress fracture has ruled Vickerman out of the game, and the 33-year-old announced his retirement from all forms of rugby yesterday.

The 63-test lock said that being a big man didn't help him for the rigours of being a professional test player.

"The rigours of professional rugby, it (my body) just didn't stand up to the load," Vickerman said.
"I don't think being six foot eight and 120 kilos helped that."

Vickerman will retire as one of the more reliable Wallabies locks, following into the footsteps of legends like John Eales, and he said that the problem with his team was that they were not able to get in the All Blacks faces.

"You've got to be able to win the collision against them," Vickerman said.
"The way the game is going now that the breakdown has become almost another set piece. The All Blacks are so efficient in their accuracy at the breakdown, in order to beat them you need to meet them head-on at the point of the collision.

"The All Blacks, as they've shown unfortunately, are quite good in that area of the game, but it's (beating the All Blacks) not unachievable,"

As for the future, Vickerman said that the Wallabies had time on their side.

"I think we're a young side," Vickerman said.
"There's not too many guys in our side who are over 25. If you look at the All Blacks the majority of their team would be 28 to 32."