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Injury forces Finnigan to retire

Leigh forward Simon Finnigan, who represented Ireland in the 2008 and 2013 World Cups. has announced his decision to retire because of injury at the age of 32.

Born in Warrington, Finnigan was raised in Australia but returned to England in 2003 and signed for Widnes. He went on to have spells in Super League with Salford, Bradford and Huddersfield before returning to Widnes in 2011 and moving to Leigh ahead of the 2013 season.

"It's with a huge amount of sadness I'm announcing my retirement from playing rugby," said Finnigan, who is to join the Leigh coaching staff. " Unfortunately injuries have played their part in my decision to call it a day.

"It's been my absolute privilege and pleasure to play rugby since I was nine years old. I've met some wonderful people along the way and forged friendships that will last a lifetime."

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