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Test lock Broadhurst retires from rugby

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017

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One-Test All Blacks lock James Broadhurst has retired from rugby at the age of 29 because of the ongoing effects of concussion.

Hurricanes forward Broadhurst called time on his career after failing to shake off the impact of a blow to his head 18 months ago.

He said it had been difficult to be advised by medical experts to walk away from the sport he loved but he accepted it was the right advice for his own wellbeing.

New Zealand All Blacks' James Broadhurst (R) is challenged by South Africa's Eben Etzebeth during their Rugby Championship match at Emirates Airline Park Stadium in Johannesburg July 25, 2015. © SIPHIWE SIBEKO/Reuters New Zealand All Blacks' James Broadhurst (R) is challenged by South Africa's Eben Etzebeth during their Rugby Championship match at Emirates Airline Park Stadium in Johannesburg July 25, 2015. Broadhurst said he still experienced symptoms which affected his daily life but the situation was gradually improving through extensive help from doctors.

"Even though it hasn't resulted in the outcome I had hoped for, I owe each and every one of them a huge debt," he said in a statement.

"My health has improved massively and this will undoubtedly give me quality of life in the future."

Broadhurst appreciated the help and patience of all involved at the Hurricanes and his Taranaki NPC team.

His partner Brooke, family and friends had been important on emotional level as he eyes a different pathway in life, he said.

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