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Yorkshire Carnegie captain Chris Jones forced to retire

Yorkshire Carnegie captain Chris Jones has been forced to retire from rugby after suffering concussion during a league game against Nottingham this season.

Announcing his decision, 35-year-old former England forward Jones said doctors had advised him it would not be safe for him to continue playing.

He joined Yorkshire Carnegie in 2014 from Worcester, having previously enjoyed a 10-year career with Sale Sharks. He made his England debut during the 2004 Six Nations, and won 12 caps.

"It is massively disappointing for me to have to end my career in this way," Jones said, in a statement released by the Championship club.

"But having spoken with the club's doctors, they have advised me that it would not be safe for me to continue playing.

"Since the Nottingham game, I have experienced a number of side-effects from the concussion, and I am now working with the Industry of Sport in London on treatment.

"This has all been quite sudden and I had agreed a new contract with Yorkshire Carnegie, so I have no immediate plans for a career outside of playing."

Jones captained Yorkshire Carnegie to this season's Championship play-offs, where they were beaten by Doncaster.

"I joined Yorkshire Carnegie with the ambition to get the club promoted, and am gutted that I am having to call time on my career," he added

"I have been very lucky to have had a long and successful career, winning European Shields and the Premiership, and also representing my country.

"I have worked with some fantastic players and coaches, and I am extremely grateful to each of them for their support throughout my career.

"The medical staff at Yorkshire Carnegie have been brilliant with me over this difficult time, and I would like to thank them all for everything they have done for me."

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