Kiwi legend confirms retirement
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."
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.