Wednesday 17 January 2018

Newcastle centre Tane Tu'ipulotu forced to retire with knew injury

Tane Tu'ipulotu
Tane Tu'ipulotu

Newcastle centre Tane Tu'ipulotu has been forced to retire with immediate effect.

The Falcons say the 32-year-old Tongan was advised to call time on his career by medical experts due to a knee injury.


He is in his second spell with Newcastle, having initially joined them in 2008 from the Wellington-based Hurricanes, and then returning to Tyneside last year following a stint with Japanese club Yamaha Jubilo.


"It is a painfully tough decision for me to make to stop doing something that I've always loved since I was a young lad growing up in Tonga," Tu'ipulotu said, in a statement released by the Falcons.


Newcastle rugby director Dean Richards added: "I am disappointed and it's a big blow to the team to lose someone of Tane's calibre.


"Players of Tane's quality don't come around very often, and it's a massive loss to the side. We wish him all the very best for the future."

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