Ireland prop Nathan White forced to retire due to concussion

Ireland prop Nathan White forced to retire
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Ireland international prop Nathan White announces his retirement from the sport on medical grounds due to ongoing problems with concussion.

Ireland prop Nathan White has retired from rugby on medical advice due to an ongoing concussion injury.

The 35-year-old was born in New Zealand, but moved to Ireland in 2011 to play for Leinster and then Connacht.

White was part of Ireland's World Cup squad last year, and went on to make 13 appearances for the national team in 2015 and 2016 after qualifying on residency grounds.

"While it's disappointing to finish up this way and not on my own terms, I feel that I can look back at my rugby career with a lot of pride," White said in a statement.

"I am retiring at 35 years of age, and with so many great memories from my time playing in both New Zealand and Ireland. I am not sure what exactly the future holds, but I know I am really excited about it. I've loved my time as a player, but feel I am ready to move on now and challenge myself in other ways."

Connacht chief executive Willie Ruane added: "Nathan has been a very important part of the team and organisation over the last number of years.

"He has contributed a great deal to the culture here and has inspired so many young players with his leadership on and off the pitch. He will, of course, be sorely missed at Connacht Rugby, but he can be proud of what he has achieved both here and with Ireland."

White's concussion problems stem from a match against former club Leinster in March of this year.

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