Saracens statement: Forward has retired with immediate effect, aged 29 - Ruck

Saracens statement: Forward has retired with immediate effect, aged 29

Saracens forward Tom Woolstencroft has been forced to retire from rugby union with immediate effect .

The hooker, who has been one of the great Saracens hookers across his six years at the club has unfortunately been recovering from concussion for the majority of the 2023/24 campaign and has now been forced into retirement on medical grounds.

The 29-year-old made 85 appearances for Sarries after joining in 2018 from London Irish, with his try-scoring record speaking for himself as the master of breaking away from rolling mauls.

In his first season at StoneX Stadium he won the Premiership and Champions Cup double, and he went on to add another Premiership title to his collection in the 2022/23 season.

He also played a crucial part in helping Sarries return to the top flight as he was an ever-present during the Championship winning campaign in 2021.

Woolstencroft’s leadership ability saw him captain the club on a number of occasions, and his battles with the likes of Jamie George and Theo Dan for the number two shirt have been a crucial part of the success in North London.


“Coming to terms with having to retire has been tough, particularly when it’s a club like Saracens you are leaving behind. I am proud of my career, and particularly, my contributions to this team.

Saracens is a club everyone aspires to play for, and to have been involved these last six seasons has been the greatest privilege. The success on the pitch surpassed anything I could have ever wished for, but it’s the time off the field and friendships made that I will cherish the most.

I’ve got to thank the coaches for putting their faith in me, and to the medical staff for patching me back together a fair few times. To the supporters, you have always given everything and carried the team and I through tough times, thank you.

Sarries will always be home for my wife and I, and we can’t wait to see what this squad can achieve.

All the best, Woolfy”

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