Injured All Black Liam Squire has made a shock retirement from all rugby.
Injured All Blacks flanker Liam Squire won’t play rugby again.
Squire has been sidelined with the injury for months after only appearing for the Highlanders in rounds one and two of Super Rugby Aotearoa before undergoing surgery.
“After 6-7 months full rest to see if it will heal and speaking to my surgeon and medical team I have been advised for my best long term interest to retire from all rugby immediately,” Squire said in a social media statement on Tuesday evening.
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“As disappointing and frustrating as This (sic) is, my long term wellbeing has to come first.
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“I am excited for the next chapter in my life and stepping away from rugby,” he said.
Squire, who last pulled on the All Blacks jersey in 2018, made himself unavailable for the Rugby Championship in 2019 and after speaking with then All Blacks coach Steven Hansen, decided he was not ready for selection in the Rugby World Cup squad.
“After what has been a really tough year for me mentally and physically, and after speaking with people I trust on whether I should make myself available again for the All Blacks, I felt I wasn’t ready just yet physically or mentally for the pressures of test match rugby,” Squire posted on Instagram at the time.
He was not called up as an injury replacement for Luke Jacobson when he returned home from Japan with concussions symptoms before the tournament started, with Mako teammate Shannon Frizell being drafted in to Hansen’s squad.
He made a point of paying tribute to the Highlanders and Tasman Mako for their support during his career.
“These are two teams I hold close to my heart and I’ve always loved going to battle with them.”
Squire said the chance to represent his country and wear the All Blacks jersey was something he would “forever cherish”.
“Thank you to my family and friends for your unconditional support through the good and bad.
“I couldn’t have achieved what I have without you all. Also the coaches, management staff and fans I have met through this journey thank you,” Squire said.
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