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Caldwell to miss season

The Waratahs have ruled lock Will Caldwell out for the 2011 season, allowing him to spend time recovering from Crohn's disease.

The 28-year-old was struck down by the illness, which affects the bowel, after the South African leg of the 2009 Super 14 competition and missed the remainder of that season.

Caldwell lost more than 20kg in weight due to the disease and battled to play nine matches in 2010, becoming the most capped NSW lock in Super Rugby history. But he has decided to sit out next season to focus on his recovery.

"It's been an extremely frustrating 18 months, to say the least," said Caldwell.

"Personally, 2009 was probably the best season I'd had in professional rugby and everything was moving in the right direction.

"The Crohn's really knocked me around. I couldn't do much at all, let alone play footy, but I just kept working with the medical staff on trying to manage the symptoms and do the best I could."

Caldwell spoke of his battle to juggle his career with his illness and admitted it had become too tough.

"I believe we've stayed on top of it as much as we could, but it's become pretty clear in the past few months that trying to battle Crohn's and couple it with being a professional footballer isn't ideal," he added.

"Rather than spend another season trying to do both, I've made the call to spend a season away from the game in 2011 and the Tahs have released me to be able to do that."


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