Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes has announced his retirement from rugby due to concussion.
Goodes has not played since suffering a head knock during a pre-season match for the Hurricanes against the Blues in February 2017, the third time he had been forced to take extended leave from the game due to concussion since 2014.
“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,” Goodes said.
“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 added he had received excellent support since he suffered his latest injury.
“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.”