Wasps captain Joe Launchbury has been speaking after the club announced the enforced retirement of Sam Jones.
“Hearing the news of Sam’s retirement is very difficult for our whole squad,” said Launchbury
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
“Everyone associated with Wasps knows what a talented player he is and in the months leading up to his injury a wider audience was becoming aware of this.
“No injury comes at a good time, but this is especially cruel as it has prevented Sam reaching the top of the game, where he was destined to go.
“Jonesy is a hugely popular and respected member of the dressing room who can always be relied upon to raise morale. He is the epitome of a team man.
“Sam and I came through the academy at Wasps together and have since shared some amazing memories on and off the field at a club that means a lot to both of us. He is one of the first people I turn to for advice and one of my closest mates.
“I’m sure Sam, his partner Liv and family, who have been huge supporters of his career, will remain a part of the Wasps family. We all wish them every happiness in their next chapter.”