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Scotland's David Denton forced to retire due to concussion issues

Scotland's David Denton has become the latest high-profile player forced to retire due to concuss...
Neil Treacy
Neil Treacy

14.37 16 Sep 2019


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Scotland's David Denton forced to retire due to concussion issues

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Scotland's David Denton has become the latest high-profile player forced to retire due to concussion.

The attritional number 8 - who played 42 times for Scotland since 2011 - has confirmed he's played his final game of rugby, after almost a year on the sidelines.

The 29-year-old suffered a concussion while in action for the Leicester Tigers last November, and has now been forced to quit the game on medical advice,

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"This had been building up inside of me for four to five months," he says.

"By the time I got to it, I had been through all the emotional highs and lows, so I was prepared for it.

"Of course, it is devastating that my rugby career is ending. After a few years where I had a series of injuries, I had got myself back into a position where I felt, physically and mentally, that I could play the best rugby of my career."

Despite having his career ended in such devastating circumstances, the Zimbabwe-born forward says he believes that the right efforts are being made to make rugby safer.

"Concussion is obviously a contentious issue at the moment.

"Personally, I think World Rugby is doing as much as it can to try and limit the number of incidents.

"Controlling tackles above the shoulders has been a positive step but I think making anything above the waist illegal would cause more trouble than good.

"If my son wanted to play rugby, I wouldn’t be worried in the first instance. I think it is important that all school kids, coaches and teachers are well-educated about concussion signs, risks and treatments.

"In my experience, the majority (of concussions) occurred to the tackler, so, it’s essential that good technique is practiced from a young age. And if anyone, including kids, have recurring issues then it’s time to stop."

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