Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes forced into retirement by concussion issues

Goodes played 60 times for the Hurricanes.
Goodes played 60 times for the Hurricanes. Photo credit: Getty

Hurricanes and Wellington Lions prop Reggies Goodes has decided to retire from rugby after a series of concussions.

The 26-year old hasn't played since suffering a head knock back in February last year, and after taking medical advice has opted to call time on his career.

"I would have dearly loved to continue playing rugby, but there are more important things in life than sport and I have decided to put my family first and hang up my boots," said Goodes in a statement.

"Although I am pleased to say I am now feeling good the medical advice and my history of head knocks suggests there is a risk there that’s not worth taking."

Goodes notched 60 caps for the Hurricanes and was part of their title-winning Super Rugby season in 2016. He also made an appearance for the Barbarians against South Africa last year.

"Rugby has given me a lot of great memories, which I will always cherish but I am now looking forward, not backward.

"Chelsea and I have recently welcomed our daughter into the world and I’m excited about what the future holds as I enter the job market."

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd offered a few words of condolence for the South African-born front-rower he called a "very talented player".

"He had a great work ethic around his training and preparation and he was genuine in everything he did. He was universally respected by his teammates and his sense of humour in the team environment will certainly be missed," added Boyd.

"We wish him all the best for life after rugby and I have no doubt he will be successful in whatever field he chooses to pursue."