A report in today’s issue of The Rugby Paper suggests former England international Chris Ashton will hang up his boots for good when his departure from Worcester is confirmed this week.
They suggest in their column by rugby transfer guru Neil Fissler that the 34-year-old’s latest setback ‘could mark the end of his career.
The former Northampton, Saracens and Toulon player who scored 100 points in a 44-cap international career, has struggled to settle recently, having played for Sale, Harlequins and Worcester the last 18 months
This season the 34-year-old has not been considered for selection with rumours of a bust-up behind the scenes.
The Mail Online even reported that ‘Legal procedures are underway and the 34-year-old’s contract with Warriors could be terminated after just three games for the struggling club.’
Steve Diamond’s arrival had given Ashton hope of reprieve at Sixways, but that has proven not to be the case and he is expected to finally depart this week.
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“Couldn’t tackle a crossword” – Fans Pick The Most Over-Hyped XV Of All-Time
Check out the full selection below.
- 15. Johan Goosen (South Africa) – “He was supposed to be the next big thing for Springbok rugby, and now he’s barely remembered.”
- 14. George North (Wales) – “is the most overrated player of this generation, when was the last time he had a good game that wasn’t against Italy.”
- 11. Chris Ashton (England) – ” That man lived off his ‘solo’ try against Australia and managed to get in the England team every time. He couldn’t tackle a crossword! Lacks creativity and only works running a line of a short pass from number ten. Overrated definitely!”
- 13. Kurtley Beale (Australia) – “He spends all game looking for line breaks, which will work some days and destroys our backline chemistry on others. He needs to learn how to play with others.”
- 12. Gavin Henson (Wales) – “one kick and one big tackle and everyone thought he was the bees knees for the next few years”