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Hart forced to call it a day

Wasps back-row forward John Hart has been forced to retire from rugby due to injury.

The Aviva Premiership club have announced that Hart, who made 165 first-team appearances and captained Wasps 38 times, must stop playing immediately because of a shoulder problem.

"I am really disappointed to bow out this way, but the decision was taken out of my hands, unfortunately," Hart said. "I had hoped I would be able to carry on to the end of the season, but after the game against Northampton (on March 24) it was clear that I wouldn't be able to."

The 30-year-old made his Wasps debut in 2002, featuring in two successful Premiership finals and being part of two Heineken Cup-winning squads.

"I've had great support from the club in this matter, and I want to thank everyone for that through a difficult time."

Wasps rugby director Dai Young added: "'Harty' has been a lynchpin in the Wasps side for a number of years and I have been hugely impressed with him in my short time with the club.

"His leadership and passion for Wasps was the reason I named him my captain at the start of the season, and it's sad to see him have to retire before the season is out."

Hart's former Wasps back-row colleague Tom Rees recently announced his retirement from the game due to injury during what has been a difficult campaign for the London club.

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