The Rugby Players’ Association (The RPA) today announced the retirement of former Newcastle Falcons’ prop Dan Frazier. The talented prop has been forced to retire at the age of 24 with a back injury having made 10 appearances for the Falcons as well as representing Harlequins, Doncaster Knights and Rosslyn Park.
Dan has a torn lumbar disc in his spine and despite extensive rehabilitation and surgery the injury has prevented him from recovering to a level where he could continue to play rugby.
On his time playing professional rugby Dan Frazier said: “I consider myself incredibly lucky to have played professional rugby, it is the best job in the world. I will always wish I was still out there on the pitch, but I consider myself fortunate to have experienced it even for a short time. I now look forward to finishing my degree provided by the RPA and working closely alongside them in the next phase of my life.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to my career, from playing on Sunday mornings at my local club as a junior right through to playing in the Premiership. The hard work from the medical staff at the Falcons, also my family and friends for supporting me through the injury and retirement. I’d also like to say a massive thanks to Mandy Thompson, my RPA Player Development Manager.
World Cup winner Phil Vickery, who was also forced to retire early through injury, added: “It is always incredibly sad to see a player being forced to retire from the game through injury but it is particularly hard when that player is so young and had so much potential. But as I know from personal experience, sometimes it’s beyond a player’s control and the body decides enough is enough.
“I spoke to Dan a few months ago and know he still suffers pain on a daily basis. Your health has to come first and a guy as young as Dan needs to consider the long-term risks. I wish him the very best for the future.