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Former Wallaby Staniforth retires

Former Australia international Scott Staniforth has been forced to retire from rugby due to a neck injury.

The 32-year-old has called time on a 13-year career following advice from several medical experts.

He played 106 Super Rugby matches and represented Australia 12 times, including the 1999 World Cup.

Staniforth sustained a neck injury while playing against the Lions in Johannesburg in early May. He underwent intensive rehabilitation and returned to the field two months later in the local West Australian KWIK Premier Grade competition.

The tough utility back enjoyed some solid hit-outs with Associates but sustained further damage to his neck while training with Soaks in August, prompting experts to recommend he hang up the boots.

"I guess it's not the way you want to finish but I feel as though I've had a pretty good run at it and been lucky enough to have had a really enjoyable last 13 years," Staniforth said.

"I would have loved to have got my 50 games for the Force and still felt I had a few little goals left to achieve. The 1999 World Cup was definitely a highlight and it was great to have been right there during the transformation of the game.

Staniforth, who started his career with the Waratahs, was brought back into Super Rugby by the Western Force in 2006 from London Irish.

The move to Perth proved beneficial for both player and club as Staniforth led the Force attack with nine tries, claimed the Player of the Year Award and revived his Wallabies career.

He holds the record for the most number of tries in a season (nine in 2006), equal first for tries in a game (three against Cats in 2006) and sits second on the club's all-time try scoring list with 18.


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