Thursday, 25th May 2017 @ 12:00
Harlequins back-row Netani Talei has today (Thursday 25th May) announced that he will retire from the game following medical advice.
Commenting on the decision, Talei said: “After 17 months out of the game spent rehabbing and draining fluid from my knee, it was advised by a consultant that retirement is the best option for me.
“I would like to thank Harlequins for their patience and show my gratitude to the medical staff who have continually monitored my rehab and training.
“Now that the final whistle in my career has blown- after representing my country in both 7s and 15s, participating in three Rugby World Cups, and playing over 200 senior club rugby games- another challenge in life arises for me in the health and fitness industry.
“I have recently started fitness boot camps and one-to-one rugby skills fitness coaching and will now dedicate my time to helping people achieve their fitness and sporting goals, which I am really passionate and excited about.
“Rugby has made me the person I am today. I am forever grateful and will cherish every moment of it. Vinaka vakalevu [Thank you].”
To read Netani's full retirement statement, please click here.
Joining Harlequins in January 2015, Netani made his debut in the LV= Cup against Bath Rugby and has made eight senior appearance.
Born in Suva, Fiji, Netani moved to the UK in 2006 to play for Doncaster Knights before catching the eye of Worcester Warriors the following season. After making 55 appearances for the West Midlands outfit, he moved north to Edinburgh for three seasons, followed by a year in Wales at Newport Gwent Dragons.
Making his Fijian debut in 2006 he has 33 Test caps which include appearances in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups.
During the 2007 Rugby World Cup, he was part of the Fijian squad that secured the memorable 38-34 victory against Wales, and he played for his country at The Stoop against Canada during preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015.
Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston added: “It is always such a shame when a player’s career is taken away with injury and this is no different for Netani. He has had an incredibly frustrating 17 months but he has shown excellent character and determination during that period.
“I would like to thank him for the contribution he has made during his two and a half years with us and wish him all the best as he moves into the next chapter in his working life.”
Name: Netani Talei
Height: 6’ 2”
International honours: Fiji (38 caps across 15s and 7s)
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