Sadly today Leicester Tigers announced that long time servant of the club Tom Croft would be retiring from rugby. The back-rower announced retirement with immediate effect after receiving advice on a neck injury.
Capped 40 times for England the rangy back row star also picked up 5 Lions caps in the 2009 and 2013 tours. He took 4 premiership titles with Leicester and took part in a losing effort in the 2009 Heineken Cup final.
Crofty a dynamic line-out forward and was always a danger with pace if given space, with some of his most memorable moments coming with some long range tries for Lions, Leicester, and England.
Croft has had more than his fair share of injuries throughout his career including a broken neck in 2012.
“I’ve played professional rugby at Leicester for 12 years and in that time I’ve enjoyed every second of it,” he said. “I’ve played alongside and against some incredible players and made many life-long friends in the game.
“Unfortunately I have also suffered some reasonably significant injuries and now, after seeking advice on a neck injury, I have to announce my retirement as a player.
“Leaving the game has been a massive decision for me – it is all I have known since leaving school – but with the issues I’ve have fitness-wise over the last few years, and with my wife and two young kids at home, it’s the right decision to hang up the boots and move onto the next chapter.”