Concussion forces Hurricanes star to retire

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:06
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NEWS: Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes has been forced to retire from rugby due to a continuing series of concussions.

In a press statement, the 26-year-old advised he made the decision based on what is best for his family.

"I would have dearly loved to continue playing rugby, but there are more important things in life than sport and I have decided to put my family first and hang up my boots.

"Although I am pleased to say I am now feeling good, the medical advice and my history of head knocks suggests there is a risk there that's not worth taking.

Goodes last played since a pre-season game last year where he suffered a head knock that forced him out for the season. His focus will now turn to building his life outside rugby after becoming a father for the first time last month.

"I'd especially like to thank my wife, Chelsea, who has been there for me every step of the way, but also my past and present Hurricanes and Wellington coaches, teammates, management and medical staff and all the fans who have all been incredibly understanding during what was a difficult time.

"Rugby has given me a lot of great memories, which I will always cherish but I am now looking forward, not backward. Chelsea and I have recently welcomed our daughter into the world and I'm excited about what the future holds as I enter the job market."

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said Goodes would be a loss to the team both on and off the field.

"Reggie was a very talented player. He had a great work ethic around his training and preparation and he was genuine in everything he did. He was universally respected by his teammates and his sense of humour in the team environment will certainly be missed.

"We wish him all the best for life after rugby and I have no doubt he will be successful in whatever field he chooses to pursue."

Goodes attended Wellington College after relocating from South Africa with his family. He played through the Wellington junior rep-system before debuting for the Wellington Lions in 2010 and then onto Super Rugby with the Hurricanes in 2012.

In 2016 he helped the Hurricanes win their maiden title, and showed glimpses of his potential on this barnstorming run against the Lions in South Africa. His form led to call up to the Barbarians side at the end of that year.

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