The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) wish Harlequins’ forwards Olly Kohn and Will Skinner the very best for the future following the announcement that they have been forced to retire from the game due to injury after distinguished careers with the London club.
RPA CEO Damian Hopley said: “It is very sad that Will and Olly have been forced to retire when they still had so much to offer. The RPA would also like to place on record our thanks to Olly Kohn for his magnificent service as an RPA Player Representative for the past 3 years. Olly has represented the players superbly and has taken seriously his role of making the players’ voice heard. He has always been vocal in driving forward player welfare issues and addressing concerns of players in the professional game.
“Olly is a perfect example of a player who has got the balance absolutely right – he has achieved so much with Harlequins, with his form also being rewarded by a first cap for Wales, while he has used his spare time productively to build up a successful business in the Jolly Hogg & Sausage. He has been a perfect role model, not only for young rugby fans following the game, but also for professional rugby players and he will be missed on the Players Board. However, if anyone is to be able to fill his sizeable boots, it’s his very able replacement Mark Lambert!
“Will is equally as popular among the professional rugby group and his un-shirking commitment to both Harlequins and Leicester Tigers over the years has won him admiration from his peers as well as the rugby public. He has always been a respected voice of authority within the game and amongst his playing group and will be greatly missed by us all. He has worked very hard in preparing for life after rugby and we wish him the very best for the future as he embarks on a new chapter when he has recovered from his career-ending injury.