England U20 star decides to retire, aged 26

Former England U20 lock Dom Barrow has explained why he’s decided to quit the game aged 26.

Barrow revealed how the crushing disappointment of England rejection in 2017 proved to be the catalyst for him quitting the game.

After leaving Northampton Saints last March and subsequently rejecting a lucrative move to Japanese rugby, the 26-year-old has thrown himself into a new world of green technology as managing director of Pure-EV, a firm specialising in installing electric vehicle charging points.

“It was nothing to do with depression, mental health or anything like that, although there are always highs and lows in the game,” revealed Barrow to The Rugby Paper.

“Missing out on the 2017 tour of Argentina was one of those low points – a crushing blow in many respects – because I’d been named in an initial squad and had been speaking to the coaches regularly, but when the squad was announced I wasn’t in it.

“I’d had no prior indication, nothing. I didn’t know until it was announced so that was one of the hardest times and I found it difficult to get over.

“I’d been proud of what I’d achieved with Leeds, England U20s, Newcastle and Leicester and I’d played very well the season prior to that, but from then on I found my motivations changing as business opportunities came along.”

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