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Neck injury forces Hanks retirement

Exeter Chiefs lock James Hanks has been forced to retire at the age of 29 due to a neck injury.

Hanks was hurt in Exeter's LV= Cup semi-final win over Bath last month and has now been advised by doctors to end his playing days.

Hanks joined Exeter in 2005 and had made 192 appearances for the club, scoring seven tries, and achieving promotion to the Aviva Premiership when the club won the Championship in 2010.

"I've had 10 amazing years of very special memories with the club," Hanks said on the club's official website.

"I've had a lot of happy times, a lot of fun and I've played a small part in getting the club to where it is today.

"Personally, I don't think I could have asked for any more from my time with the Chiefs, but sadly this injury has brought my career to an end a little bit earlier than I probably envisaged.

"Whilst the injury was fairly serious, I'm relieved that I'm now on the mend and I'm looking forward to what I do next away from rugby."

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