CONFIRMED: Sam Jones confirms retirement with emotional Tweet
The decision has been taken based on medical advice from a leading consultant.
I feel truly lucky to have played for my boyhood club at all, let alone as long as I did. I’ve made some great memories and some even better friends. Thanks to all those who made it possible and the countless number who supported me along the way. https://t.co/cEqJQPNATl
— Sam Jones (@SF_Jones) 29 March 2018
The 26-year-old suffered an ankle dislocation while training with England prior to the 2016 autumn international series.
This caused significant additional damage including a fracture of the fibular bone, disruption of the ligaments joining the main bones of the ankle, a rupture of the medial ligament plus significant damage to ankle cartilage.
After a series of operations, he has worked tirelessly in an attempt to return to action.
However, after making several abortive attempts, the hard-working back-rower has finally been forced to concede defeat and bring his playing career to an end.