The retirement of Ireland international Felix Jones has unfortunately been confirmed.
The provincial side stated that the 28-year-old was forced to retire on medical grounds.
“Munster Rugby and the IRFU can today confirm that Felix Jones is to retire from rugby on medical grounds.
Having most recently sustained a neck injury during the round 3 PRO12 encounter against Glasgow Warriors in Thomond Park, Felix Jones has been advised to retire from rugby.”
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 28, 2015
Addressing the sad news, Jones said: “It is still unthinkable to believe I will never play another game of rugby.”
“Although I have tried to round myself as an individual through education and other interests, I have always had one driving purpose in my life and that was to play rugby. I’m grateful I could do that in Munster. That feeling of walking out the tunnel in front of a packed Thomond Park is something I will never forget. To accept I will not play with my teammates again is beyond upsetting. I’m lucky to have played with so many great players, but rugby has given me something better and that is the people who are now life-long friends.”
Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley said:
“We are all hugely disappointed for Felix. He was a leading example in the way he applied himself through his commitment, work-rate and attention to detail. “For a player to come in, embody everything that is Munster and have such a presence within the group he will be sorely missed on and off the field. We are very grateful for Felix’s immense contribution over the last six years and wish him all the best for the future.”
Jones made 90 appearances for the province, scoring ten tries.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) October 28, 2015