Thursday, 14 April 2011

Rugby: Injury ends Barnes career,Bath prop David Barnes........

Bath prop David Barnes has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect due to a persistent neck injury.

The 34-year-old joined Bath in 2000 and has made 266 appearances for the club, as well as captaining England Saxons in the 2006 Churchill Cup.

He has alsdo been chairman of the Rugby Players Association since 2005.

"I have immensely enjoyed my rugby career and especially the time that I have spent at Bath," said Barnes.

"I was looking forward to fulfilling my playing contract with Bath until the end of next season. However, after consultation with a medical specialist I have been advised that it is no longer possible for me to continue to play.

"It is extremely upsetting to be forced to end my playing career prematurely, but I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to have run out at the Rec for the last 11 seasons and to have played alongside many great players in some truly memorable matches.

"I would like to thank everyone at Bath - the players, coaches, medical teams and all the staff for making my time so enjoyable and especially the many supporters who ensure Bath remains a truly special club to be associated with.

Director of Rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan, added "It is always sad when a player has to retire due to injury, especially one of David's calibre.

"He is not only a very good player on the pitch, but he adds many things to the Bath squad off the pitch, which we will miss next season."

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