LONDON Wasps flanker Tom Rees has sadly been forced to retire from the game with immediate effect following medical advice on a knee injury.
Rees, 27, suffered the injury during a pre-season game last summer and despite his best efforts in rehab since then, he has had to cut short his career after being advised to stop playing immediately.
The news is extremely sad for everyone associated with Wasps, with the popular and influential former club captain having had cruel luck with injuries for a number of recent seasons.
Tom Rees said: “I’m gutted that I have been forced to retire at a time when I feel I could have contributed so much more to my club.
“While I will always think what might have been, I will also look back on my career and what I achieved with a great deal of pride.
“Over the last nine years I have been privileged to take part in my hobby for a living, and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity.
“During that time I have met a lot of great people who have played a huge part in my career and to list them here would take far too long, so I would just like to say thank you to all the supporters, coaches, staff, opponents, teammates and everyone else who have made my life in rugby such a wonderful experience.
“I would especially like to thank everyone at London Wasps, they have given me such tremendous support at all times through my career but particularly of late, and I am sorry that I won’t get to repay them for that. Finally, I would like to thank my friends and family for their constant support through everything I have done.”