Jared Payne has officially been forced to retire from professional rugby and will now take up a role as Defence coach at Ulster.
The official Twitter account of Ulster Rugby confirmed today that Jared Payne has been forced to retire from the sport after being unable to fully recover from head injuries sustained while playing for the Lions last summer.
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We can confirm that Jared Payne has been forced to retire from playing professional rugby and will become our new Defence Coach pic.twitter.com/SmqFnxTO9w
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) May 28, 2018
Payne, 32, won 20 caps for Ireland and in an interview conducted last February (via RTE) he gave some insight into his recovery at the time.
“I had to come off [for the Lions v Chiefs] but I didn’t think anything of it, a little bit headachey and sore that week, but nothing too bad.
“Come the captain’s run day for the next game, I think it was the following Tuesday, I got home and got back on the bus and felt a bit travel sick, pretty yuck.
“Ever since then I haven’t been quite right.
“It’s been a bit stop-start. There’s been times when it hasn’t been too bad and other times when it’s been pretty bad.
“We’ve tried different things to get it right and been trying to get back but unfortunately nothing has cleared everything up just yet.”
Payne will now take up a role as defense coach for Ulster as his playing career comes to an unfortunate end.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena