Harlequins man Mark Reddish has today retired from Rugby down to concussion problems.
This comes just a few months after Welshman George North was told he should retire to avoid later medical problems; instructions which he chose to ignore. Although, Reddish seems to have looked at the bigger picture, stating to Harlequins media;“Having to retire is extremely difficult, but given the medical advice I have received, it’s the best decision long term for me and my young family.”
Reddish has had a successful career with not just Harlequins, but also the Highlanders and Hurricanes in Super Rugby, being why he will be missed on the global Rugby scene. It would not be a shock to see Reddish return to a set up, but in a coaching jersey, as I am sure Harlequins and any other side would much appreciate his knowledge and experience gathered through years of global Rugby.
Although he has made the decision, it does come down to whether players should be expected to quit the career they love down to injury risks; or whether World Rugby need to do more to prevent cases of concussion and further injury. This way, less players would have to leave the game at an earlier age than they may have liked.