Alex Brown, Gloucester Rugby’s second row forward for nearly a decade, has today sadly announced his retirement from professional rugby, after sustaining a serious shoulder injury while captaining the team during the opening game of the season against Northampton.
After nearly 3 months of rest and concentrated rehabilitation, it was evident that the nerve damage to his shoulder was significantly more serious than initially thought, and he underwent complex surgery in November to ascertain the severity of the injury in the hope that it would repair the damage.
Following the intense operation however, Brown was told by physicians that, although the nerve-transfer would, in time, deliver an improvement of movement in day-to-day life, he would no longer be able to play professional rugby and must retire with immediate effect.
This shattering news has left Brown completely devastated and shocked.
He told the club website:
“It’s stating the obvious but I’m totally gutted. I was so looking forward to this season and beyond.
“When the surgeon came in after the operation and told me that I would not be able to play rugby again, the news hit me hard and has been tough to deal with, especially as there has been a new dawn at Gloucester Rugby under Nigel Davies and I so wanted to be part of it.
“I’ve kept myself involved on match days, which has been a diversion but it’s obviously not the same as playing.”
He added: “I genuinely thought that I had a few good years left in me, but it’s not to be. I’ve had to take on board the advice I have received and what my body is telling me.