Robinson, 23, forced to retire from rugby


Scarlets wing Harry Robinson, 23, has been forced to retire from rugby due to a neck injury.

Capped three times by Wales, Robinson has taken the decision following advice from doctors.

"I never thought I would be in this position at the age of 23 - having to call an end on my professional rugby career at such an early age," he told the Scarlets website. "I am utterly devastated and it is a very, very bitter pill to have to swallow.

"During a game at the end of last season I suffered a significant neck injury that subsequently needed serious neck surgery. It came as a huge shock to hear the surgeon explain that it was unlikely I would ever return to play professional rugby. 

"This was not a prognosis that I wanted to believe or accept. Following successful surgery to ensure that I was at no greater risk of making my injury and condition worse I was determined to come back to play again for the Scarlets. It is difficult to accept that I will never do this again.

"I have worked so hard over the last 10 months to return to full fitness and regain the functionality I had before the injury. It is with great regret that I have been unable to do this. As it has turned out, the consultant was correct with his initial assessment of my injury and the ultimate impact on my career.

"New challenges lie ahead of me now and I will embrace these with the commitment and dedication I have learnt over the years as a player."