Chiefs hooker forced to quit rugby, aged 24

Chiefs hooker Liam Polwart is retiring from rugby aged 24 due to concussion.

“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.”

The Chiefs forwards Coach Neil Barnes said Polwart should be commended for his “brave” call.

“Liam 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.”

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