X

Thursday 22
August

Rugby League

Kiwi legend confirms retirement

15th July 2019, 14:13 by Alex Jack

Former New Zealand international Manu Vatuvei has revealed he has been forced to retire from playing rugby league.

A brain cyst has ended his prospects of a future boxing career and now the ex-winger has confirmed he has played his last game of rugby league.

The 33-year-old enjoyed 14 seaons with the New Zealand Warriors before making a high-profile switch to Super League side Salford Red Devils.

Playing against St Helens in 2017, before a serious Achilles injury cut short his time at Salford, proved to be Vatuveu's final game.

"I wasn't ready to or accept that my time is up and can honestly say it's been the tough and now I'm ready to accept and announce my retirement," he wrote on Instagram.

"Haven't got much to say right now but just like to thank everyone that has supported me through my career.. to all The Fans thank you for always supporting me and all the kind messages over the years I will always remember them and cherish it for the rest of my life."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

More Rugby League

Rugby League

Lam fires Warriors warning

22nd August 2019, 07:28

Adrian Lam says there is much more to come from his Wigan Warriors side as they approach the business end of the season.

Rugby League

Hauraki wants to put Wakefield loss behind him

21st August 2019, 16:15

Hull KR back-rower Weller Hauraki says his side owes their fans following their “embarrassing” loss to Wakefield Trinity.

Rugby League

No room for error according to Ellis

21st August 2019, 12:40

Jamie Ellis says Castleford need to focus on ensuring they continue to perform in the closing weeks of the season.

Rugby League

Worst pain ever for Hughes

20th August 2019, 17:47

Jack Hughes has spoken of the acute pain he was in after rupturing a testicle in a recent game for Warrington.

Rugby League

Salford land Warriors star

20th August 2019, 00:17

Dan Sarginson joined Salford from Wigan in time for next season, much to the delight of coach Ian Watson.

Rugby League

Lees to miss Challenge Cup final

20th August 2019, 00:13

St Helens prop forward Matty Lees will miss the Challenge Cup final with a hip injury.

Recent Sport Headlines

Formula 1

Binotto satisfied with Leclerc season

22nd August 2019, 14:28

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says Charles Leclerc has had a positive first half of 2019 with the team.

Tennis

Roddick back Djokovic for US Open glory

22nd August 2019, 14:18

Andy Roddick has tipped up Novak Djokovic ahead of the 2019 US Open, which kicks off on Monday.

Aston Villa

Elmohamady pens Villa extension

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Ahmed Elmohamady has expressed his delight after signing a one-year contract extension with Aston Villa.

Bournemouth

Wilson delighted to be making up for lost time

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson says his injury woes have helped shape him as a player and he is delighted to be back firing on all cylinders.

Manchester City

Kompany’s Anderlecht role redefined

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Vincent Kompany will no longer act as player-manager of Anderlecht on matchdays so he can focus on leading the team on the pitch.

West Ham United

Improvement the key for Pellegrini

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Manuel Pellegrini has played down expectations for the season as West Ham go in search of their first win of the campaign against Watford.

Tottenham Hotspur

Wanyama in line for Spurs exit

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama is reportedly in talks with Club Brugge over a summer switch.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa v Everton Betting Preview

22nd August 2019, 13:10

Aston Villa, still searching for their first points, host Marco Silva's Everton in the Premier League's Friday night game.