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Inaugural RaboDirect Rebels' Club Captain Tim Davidson has announced his retirement at the end of the 2013 season, following a distinguished Super Rugby career across three different clubs, and at least 41 Super Rugby Caps to his name.
Although a decorated Super Rugby career with the Waratahs, Force and Rebels, Davidson's legacy will be within the Sydney Club Rugby Competition, where he captained Sydney University to seven Shute Shield titles, six in succession.
Reflecting on his time as a Rebel, 'Davo' admits that the impending conclusion of his career hasn't really sunk in yet.
"Obviously it's a pretty special time finishing up here," Davidson says. "It's funny, you get an innate feeling that tells you it's time to move on and you're ready to choose what's next, and that's what I have had.
"I haven't spoken about it or thought about it too much, but luckily I have a few good mates who are going through the same thing so I'm sure we will spend the time reflecting together when the time comes. I do know that being a foundation member and helping to shape the direction of the club right from the start has been a fantastic experience."
Damien Hill, who coached Tim at Sydney University as well as the Rebels paid tribute to one of Rugby's most grounded and popular leaders.
"I've been very fortunate that Tim has been part of the teams that I've coached over the last eight years," said Hill.
"Tim's loyalty and working ethic, make him the perfect role model for all of our young Rebels. He is a proud family man and extremely well respected throughout the Rugby community."
"Tim is the best young leader I've had the pleasure to work with and I'd personally like to thank him for all he has done for the team and the Rebels over the last three years."
Davidson is one of many leaders leaving the Club at the end of the season, but he believes that the next generation of leaders are ready to assume the mantle.
"I'm extremely confident in the future of the Club," said Davidson. "Guys like Hugh Pyle, Luke Jones and Cadeyrn Neville are coming into their fourth and fifth seasons as players, and I think there is a good nucleus there that can move the team forward.
"They are on the brink of winning many games, and that bit more experience that they will have will help them win the tight ones. Hopefully the success that we all want will come. Player turnover is an unfortunate part of the game, but with the guys who are staying, the club is in good hands."
Outside of the game, Davidson has completed a degree in Exercise Sports Science and a Masters in Commerce at Sydney University, as well as working part-time as a pilot since being in Melbourne.
"The Club have been great in allowing me to work one day a week for the whole three years that I've been here.
"We are very fortunate to be able to do what we do," he says. "We are in a privileged position, and being a part of this playing group has been the biggest highlight for me.
"Being involved with the guys, from the initial squad to the one that we have now, has been a huge highlight. I think what rugby is all about at the end of the day is the platform it provides; the ability to build those friendships and carry them on into the future."
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