Veteran forced to quit after concussion injury
February 4, 2014
Andy Hazell - his retirement comes after 17 seasons at Kingsholm © Getty Images
Gloucester's former England flanker Andy Hazell has been forced to retire after failing to recover from concussion sustained in a pre-season friendly.
"For the first time in my career I've listened to my body," he told the BBC. "With the age I am and with my family, I had to listen to what my body was telling me. If I was 25 or 26, I'd 100% be trying to get back onto that pitch no matter what cost."
He said he would be looking to offer help with advising players on concussion "because I wouldn't want to see any young lad going through the same thing when maybe they shouldn't be playing. It's a massive issue. Players are getting bigger and faster, and the collisions are getting a lot bigger. I've been managed brilliantly by the club. Hats off to them."
Hazell, 35, made seven appearances for England and represented Gloucester for 17 seasons, a Premiership record for the longest time spent at a club.
"Looking back, when I was there with England I should have been more confident. But I'll take the seven. I'm happy I managed to play for my country."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Brendan Rodgers has pinned all Liverpool's hopes on finishing in the top four in the Premier League on Daniel Sturridge's return from injury in January
Mark Hughes has backed Jose Mourinho to lead Chelsea to glory in all four of the major competitions they are competing in during 2015
Jose Mourinho accepts there are individuals in the Chelsea dressing room frustrated with a lack of playing time but is confident such players are ready to help the team during this hectic festive period
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal's below-par performance in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Liverpool was due to the mental scars inflicted on his players by their 5-1 defeat at Anfield in February
Andy Goode reflected on a fairytale start to life at the Ricoh Arena after setting an Aviva Premiership individual points record as Wasps stormed to a 48-16 victory over London Irish