Monday 18 December 2017

Ireland international forced to retire from rugby due to concussion issues

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Connacht have announced that prop Nathan White is to retire from rugby with immediate effect due to concussion problems.

White, who won 13 caps with Ireland at tighthead prop after making his debut in a World Cup warm-up match against Scotland in 2015, joined the westerners in 2012 after spending a season with Leinster.

The New Zealand born front row started his career at Waikato in 2002, and the 35-year old retires having also made 41 Super Rugby appearances with the Chiefs.

White had been sidelined since suffering a concussion against Leinster last March.

"While it’s disappointing to finish up this way and not on my own terms, I feel that I can look back at my rugby career with a lot of pride," White said in a statement on the Connacht website.

"I am retiring at 35 years of age and with so many great memories from my time playing in both New Zealand and Ireland.

“Myself and my family moved over here in 2011 and Galway became our home thanks to the incredible people we met, especially our neighbours in Hazelwood who are now great friends.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time playing for Connacht Rugby and I’d like to thank everyone there who welcomed us from day one – all the staff, management team, the supporters, volunteers and of course my team mates. Connacht is a unique place and I’m proud to say I was part of it all at such a special time for the club."

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