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Hohaia forced to quit

Lance Hohaia's decision to quit rugby league has been backed by an expert on head injuries.

The 32-year-old New Zealander says he has hung up his boots because of "recurrent post-match concussion-type symptoms" arising from his concussion while playing for St Helens in last October's Super League Grand Final.

Hohaia lasted just two minutes after being punched twice by Wigan prop Ben Flower, who subsequently served a six-month ban.

The ex-Kiwi international served a one-match ban for his part in the incident but made only eight appearances this season and quit the game after the symptoms began to re-occur.

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