London Irish centre Joe Ansbro has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect after suffering a neck injury in August 2012.
Joe, 27, suffered a C1 fracture early into the second half of the Exiles pre-season friendly with Munster in Cork on 24th August. Despite extensive rehabilitation since the injury, he has been advised on medical grounds to retire from rugby with immediate effect.
Everyone involved with London Irish will be deeply saddened by this news. Joe is an extremely well liked individual who was always committed when he wore the green of London Irish and the blue of Scotland. Joe made 14 appearances during his time with London Irish and scored three tries.
Joe Ansbro said: “It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from professional rugby. I’ve been fortunate enough to play top-level rugby for both Northampton Saints and London Irish. To gain international recognition with Scotland has been an immense honour; victories over South Africa and Australia stand out. Playing this great game at the highest level is a privilege and I will always look back on my career with fond memories.
“Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff and supporters of London Irish. I wish the club success in the future and look forward to watching the boys get off to a good start when September arrives. Thank you to everyone at Northampton Saints, the RPA and the wider rugby community for the support I received before and after my injury. Thank you also to all the supporters, players, coaches and staff at the SRU for making the responsibility of representing Scotland such an enjoyable experience. I’d especially like to thank James Peckitt and Doctor James Robson for helping me through a difficult rehabilitation process. Finally, thank you to my family, friends and agent for their continuing support and positive influence.