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Mon 9 Dec 2019 | 09:27

Chiefs hooker forced to retire

Chiefs hooker forced to retire
Mon 9 Dec 2019 | 09:27
Chiefs hooker forced to retire
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NEWS: Chiefs hooker Liam Polwart has announced he is retiring from rugby following issues with concussion.

The 24-year-old, has opted not to play Super Rugby this season to preserve his long-term health by seeking out new opportunities.

“It has been a difficult decision to make to leave the game I love. It has provided me with plenty of great friendships and some awesome experiences. I have had some on-going issues with concussion, and while I am currently symptom free, I chosen to hang up my boots and not to put myself at further risk.

“I am grateful for the opportunities rugby has provided me and the support I have received. Now it is time to start a new chapter,” he said.

Chiefs forwards coach Neil Barnes commended Polwart on his brave decision.

“Polwart is a fantastic individual, he is a talented player and can be proud of his achievements in his short yet prosperous career. It is a testament to his character to have chosen to make this decision for his own well-being and we applaud him for being so courageous. We wish him all the best for the future and hope he will return to the game and inspire a future generation.”

Polwart, Chief number 291 played 26 games for the Chiefs and 15 Mitre 10 Cup games for Bay of Plenty. The former New Zealand Under-20’s representative debuted for the Chiefs against the Waratahs at FMG Stadium Waikato in 2017 following his provincial debut for the Bay of Plenty Steamers in 2016 against the Taranaki Bulls.

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Chiefs hooker forced to retire | Rugby365