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Harry Robinson forced to retire at 23

  • Wales and Scarlets wing Harry Robinson has retired from rugby with immediate effect following a serious neck injury
  • The 23-year-old had surgery last summer after a heavy collision in a Pro12 game in March 2015
  • He won three international caps, scoring two tries, but has not played for Scarlets since December 2015
Scarlets winger Harry Robinson has announced that he is to retire from rugby with immediate effect due to injury.

The three-times capped Scarlets winger has decided to call it a day after a lengthy battle to recover full fitness following major neck surgery.

Robinson, 23, joined the Scarlets in 2014, ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, from Cardiff Blues. He has appeared 30 times for the Scarlets scoring nine tries in his debut season claiming the region’s top try scorer accolade.

In a heartfelt statement which he has posted on social media, he said: “I never thought I would be in this position at the age of 23 – having to call an end on my professional rugby career at such an early age.

“I am utterly devastated and it is a very, very bitter pill to have to swallow.

In a heartfelt statement which he has posted on social media, he said: “I never thought I would be in this position at the age of 23 – having to call an end on my professional rugby career at such an early age.



“I am utterly devastated and it is a very, very bitter pill to have to swallow.

“I have worked so hard over the last 10 months to return to full fitness and regain the functionality I had before the injury. It is with great regret that I have been unable to do this.

“As it has turned out the consultant was correct with his initial assessment of my injury and the ultimate impact on my career.



“While, I am devastated I count myself very lucky and enormously privileged. I have had a fantastic six years as a professional rugby player with both Cardiff Blues and Scarlets. I have travelled all over the world at every age grade, Wales 7s and the Welsh squad. I have made many friends who I know will be friends for the rest of my life.

“I have worked so hard over the last 10 months to return to full fitness and regain the functionality I had before the injury. It is with great regret that I have been unable to do this.

“As it has turned out the consultant was correct with his initial assessment of my injury and the ultimate impact on my career.

“While, I am devastated I count myself very lucky and enormously privileged. I have had a fantastic six years as a professional rugby player with both Cardiff Blues and Scarlets. I have travelled all over the world at every age grade, Wales 7s and the Welsh squad. I have made many friends who I know will be friends for the rest of my life.