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Connacht’s Ben Marshall has been forced into retirement at the age of 26 “based on medical advice following a concussion injury.”
The western province announced the devastating news today. The versatile forward, who can operate in the second and back-row, signed for Connacht ahead of their memorable PRO12 winning 2015-16 season. He signed a new contract back in March but has suffered with a number of injuries.
Marshall also played for Leinster from 2010-2015. In a statement released by Connacht, the forward thanked everyone who has been with him throughout his career, and said he is not looking forward to the next chapter in his life as he plans on continuing his studies.
“Unfortunately, my time as a player has come to an end earlier than I would have wished. It has been a difficult time not being able to play since the injury but having had some time away from the game, I can appreciate how fortunate I’ve also been in my career.
“Special thanks have to be extended to my teammates and friends, from schoolboy through to professional level. We have shared many highlights that I will carry with me for years to come, and it is the quiet camaraderie of the dressing room that I will miss the most.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Connacht head physio Garrett Coughlan and the medical team who have given me wonderful care and support over the past eleven months.
“I am looking forward to continuing in my financial studies and the new career path that is ahead of me, but I will always be appreciative of the lessons that Willie (Ruane) and Pat (Lam) taught me during my time at Connacht Rugby.”
Connacht boss Pat Lam spoke very highly of Marshall and wished him all the best.
“Ben was unfortunate through injury during his time at Connacht Rugby but we always saw his professional attitude shine through on and off the pitch. He is an excellent team man who has achieved a lot in the game from a very young age and I have no doubt that he will go on to achieve great things in his business and life pursuits going forward. He will have a support system and friends for life from his time in rugby and we wish him well for the future.”