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Tom Croft Announces His Retirement From Rugby With Immediate Effect

Leicester Tigers have been hit with the news that Tom Croft is to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect. 

The Leicester Tigers, England and British & Irish Lions forward has been forced to retire on medical grounds.

Croft, 31, said: “I’ve played professional rugby at Leicester for 12 years and in that time I’ve enjoyed every second of it. I’ve played alongside and against some incredible players and made many lifelong friends in the game.

“Unfortunately I have also suffered some reasonably significant injuries and now, after seeking advice on a neck injury, I have to announce my retirement as a player.

“Leaving the game has been a massive decision for me, it is all I’ve known since leaving school, but with the issues I’ve had fitness-wise over the last few years and with my wife and two young kids at home it’s the right time to hang the boots up and move on to the next chapter.”

He gained the first of 40 caps for England in 2008 and played in five Tests during two tours with the Lions, memorably scoring two tries on his Test debut for them in South Africa in 2009.

In 2012, Croft suffered a serious neck injury in a league game at Harlequins but returned to action with club and country after an eight-month recovery period. He enjoyed a joint testimonial with Matt Smith in 2015/16, a team-mate he has come through the system with since their time together as teenagers at Oakham School.

After another neck injury this season and, after consulting a specialist, he has been advised to retire from the professional game.

We wish Tom all the best in his retirement.

 

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Author: Sean McMahon

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