England star Sam Jones retires after nightmare injury suffered during judo training session with team-mate Itoje
England's Sam Jones has been forced to retire from rugby aged 26.
The Wasps forward sustained severe injuries to his leg during England training, in which he was grappling fellow Wasps and England player Maro Itoje in a judo session. The horror injury included a dislocated ankle, fractured fibula, ruptured ligaments and cartilage damage.
That occured way back in October as Jones was gearing up for his England debut in the autumn internationals.
It was hoped the back-row could return from that blow but Wasps on Thursday morning announced his retirement. The decision to end his career was made after receiving medical advice from a leading consultant.
"I gave it everything and don’t have any regrets from my time playing," he said. "I’ve made mates and memories for life. Thanks to all those who helped me along the way and most importantly my friends and family for their constant support."
Jones made his Wasps debut against Newport Gwent Dragons in December 2010. He went on to play 118 games for the side, including a number of matches as captain.
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