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All Black Liam Squire retires from all rugby immediately due to recurring knee injury

Injured All Blacks flanker Liam Squire won’t play rugby again.

The 23 test All Black has made the shock announcement of his immediate retirement due to a recurring knee injury.

Squire has been sidelined with the injury for months after only appearing for the Highlanders in rounds one and two of Super Rugby Aotearoa before undergoing surgery.

Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire only appeared in two Super Rugby Aotearoa games this season.

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Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire only appeared in two Super Rugby Aotearoa games this season.

“After 6-7 months full rest to see if it will heal and speaking to my surgeon and medical team I have been advised for my best long term interest to retire from all rugby immediately,” Squire said in a social media statement on Tuesday evening.

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“As disappointing and frustrating as This (sic) is, my long term wellbeing has to come first.

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“I am excited for the next chapter in my life and stepping away from rugby,” Squire said.

He made a point of paying tribute to the Highlanders and Tasman Mako for their support during his career.

“These are two teams I hold close to my heart and I’ve always loved going to battle with them.”

Squire said the chance to represent his country and wear the All Blacks jersey was something he would “forever cherish”.

“Thank you to my family and friends for your unconditional support through the good and bad.

“I couldn’t have achieved what I have without you all. Also the coaches, management staff and fans I have met through this journey thank you,” Squire said.

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This article first show on www.stuff.co.nz Source link Author STUFF SPORTS REPORTERS on date 2021-10-12 06:33:25

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