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    Connacht centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from rugby upon medical advice, after suffering a string of concussions.
    The 26-year-old met with a neurologist last week, who advised him to call time on his career.
    "Although I am devastated that my time as a player has come to an end, I know that it is the only decision available to me after speaking to the specialist," McSharry said in a statement.
    "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a professional rugby player with Connacht Rugby. I arrived here as a 21 year old and Galway became my home over the past five years.
    "I would like to take this opportunity to thank IRUPA, all the supporters, volunteers, staff, players and my friends and family for their continued support over the years. I would also like to thank all the coaches who have helped me along in my career, from my schoolboy days in Templeogue college, right through to UCD and into the professional set up.
    "I leave Connacht Rugby with incredible memories that I will cherish forever and I am hugely proud to be leaving as a PRO12 champion. I wish Pat and the team huge success for the season ahead."


    In February, McSharry was ruled out for the remainder of the season after he suffered a severe concussion in Ireland’s last Six Nations defeat to France.


    McSharry joined Connacht in 2011 and made his debut that November in the PRO12 interpro game against Ulster at Ravenhill, a 22-3 defeat for the Westerners. He went on to play 65 times for the province.


    "It has been a difficult year for Dave but throughout it all he has remained the consummate professional and has contributed greatly as a valued and popular member of our team," said manager Pat Lam.


    "While we are sad to see him moving on from the set up here, Dave's health comes first and it is a reminder to all of us that rugby is only a small part of our life journey.


    "Dave has achieved a lot in his career and I know that he will go on to achieve in other aspects of his life now. He will have a support system and friends for life from his time at Connacht Rugby and we wish him well for the future."


    McSharry also appeared for the Irish Wolfhounds, earning an Ireland 'A' cap in January 2013 starting against England Saxons at the Sportsground.
    "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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      http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/39564614

      Leicester Tigers prop Marcos Ayerza has announced his immediate retirement from professional rugby after 11 years with the Premiership club.
      He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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        This is a real shame. Eli Walker, at 25 ... his one Welsh cap was against Ireland.



        http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/43251072
        "I don't believe in fairytales," O'Connell once told me, "even though it feels like I've been lucky enough to live through a few. However it ends, I'll feel lucky."
        Donald McRae, Guardian Rugby, October 2015

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          Poor Rob Horne. Went off injured after 15 seconds against Leicester last weekend. Doctors have now decided that the nerve damage suffered to his arm is too severe to let him play again. Only 28 too. Always thought he was older.

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            It sounds as if he has lost the use of his arm completely.
            The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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              Originally posted by The Word Is Born View Post
              It sounds as if he has lost the use of his arm completely.
              Yep. I know how he feels. Nerves can be very funny things. Fingers crossed things work out for him. It don't sounds too positive at the moment though.

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                Jean Deysel to retire, announced across the media including in de paper
                https://www.irishexaminer.com/breaki...re-880803.html

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                  Best of luck Jean in the future
                  "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                  Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                  Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                    Originally posted by <BM> View Post
                    Jean Deysel to retire, announced across the media including in de paper
                    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breaki...re-880803.html
                    Not head injury, lower body, whatever that means, must be using his GDPR rights
                    Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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                      Wow, that's something of a bolt from the blue. Appreciated his time with us and it's a mark of how tough he is that he played most of our semi-final against Saracens with a broken rib. Actually, was his last game for Ulster against us?
                      Tis but a scratch.

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                        Originally posted by Sulla View Post

                        Not head injury, lower body, whatever that means, must be using his GDPR rights
                        No details beyond retirement due to injury and that's his prerogative, best of luck to him in whatever he does next.

                        I saw Wally speaking one time after his retirement and he said that that what happens as you get older is that you no longer have the same will to fight your way back into contention to play. It may be as simple as a succession of smaller things rather than one big thing.

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                          Originally posted by <BM> View Post
                          Jean Deysel to retire, announced across the media including in de paper
                          https://www.irishexaminer.com/breaki...re-880803.html
                          Shocking news- hope things work out for him.

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                            Originally posted by <BM> View Post
                            Jean Deysel to retire, announced across the media including in de paper
                            https://www.irishexaminer.com/breaki...re-880803.html
                            Was his recent match in Thomond Park his last?
                            "I don't believe in fairytales," O'Connell once told me, "even though it feels like I've been lucky enough to live through a few. However it ends, I'll feel lucky."
                            Donald McRae, Guardian Rugby, October 2015

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                              Pat Lambie retires due to concussion

                              South Africa out-half Pat Lambie admitted to both disappointment and relief after announcing his retirement from rugby at the age of 28 due to on-going concussion issues.

                              A fit Lambie would in all likelihood have been part of the Springbok squad at the World Cup in Japan later this year but the 56-cap back says he was no longer willing to risk his health on the rugby field.

                              "I am bitterly disappointed and sad because I still have some dreams on the rugby field, and I feel like some good playing days are ahead of me.

                              "But on the other hand, I feel relieved to know that I will not be at risk of further, more serious head injuries."

                              Lambie, who has endured a number of concussions in the last three years that have limited his time on the pitch, said it took longer to recover after each one.

                              He is still feeling the effects of a blow to head sustained in April playing for his French club Racing 92 against Munster.


                              "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                              Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                              Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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