Harlequins centre George Lowe has been forced to retire on medial grounds at just 27.
Lowe made 139 appearances for Quins, and becomes the second player in a week forced to retire at just 27 years of age, with Saracens forward Will Fraser also recently announcing his retirement from the game.
Commenting on his retirement, Lowe said:
“Every player is devastated when the decision to retire is taken out of their hands and it was the last thing that I wanted to hear when the diagnosis became clear.
“Despite every effort to get me back on the pitch, it was not to be, but I am immensely thankful to have had so much support from the Club and, in particular, from the medical staff.
“Rugby has given me so much; I have played and worked with so many great people, made so many friends, have some fantastic memories both on and off the field, for which I am truly grateful for.
“I know that I would not have been able to achieve what I have without a lot help over the years and I’d like to thank all those involved, particularly my family and friends.
“I will massively miss running out at The Stoop but it is now time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life and I hope always to maintain a close relationship with Harlequins.”
We wish him all the best.