Concussion Forces Wallabies Superstar To Retire At Just 32-Years-Old
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Concussion has forced Wallabies star Dane Haylett-Petty to retire at just 32-years-old, in some really sad rugby news this weekend.
The Rebels fullback has battled with the effects of concussion for the past couple of years and sat out the entire 2021 Super Rugby season after suffering a knock in a Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks last year.
He tried to stage a comeback to top-flight competition through Brisbane’s club competition but complained of returning symptoms such as migraines.
“It’s not the way I wanted to finish,” Haylett-Petty wrote on social media.
“I would have loved to run out just one more time, but it wasn’t to be. Rugby has given me so much and for that I am forever grateful. The experiences, the opportunities, the challenges, and the lifelong friendships.
“Thank you to all the teams who gave me an opportunity, and whose jerseys I wore with pride. I hope in the future I can repay the game for everything it’s given to me. What an amazing journey it’s been, but I am so excited to start something new.”
Haylett-Petty scored 12 tries for Australia in 38 Test matches and was regarded as one of the very best in the game at the peak of his powers. We wish him all the best in his retirement.