The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today paid tribute to RPA Vice-Chairman and Wasps centre, Chris Bell, who has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect, due to a shoulder injury.
The 32-year-old recently finished his third season as a key contributor on the RPA Players’ Board after taking over the Wasps RPA Player Representative role from former teammate, Richard Birkett.
RPA Group CEO, Damian Hopley, said:
“Chris has been an outstanding professional throughout his 14 year career and has worked consistently hard in making a significant contribution to all the teams he has represented. It is always a difficult time for any player who has to retire prematurely due to injury, but I have no doubt that Chris will use this set back positively to carve out an even more successful career after rugby. Chris has also been an excellent RPA Vice-Chairman working closely with RPA Chairman, Christian Day, and the RPA Executive team in delivering significant welfare improvements for the season ahead for their fellow players. As everyone in rugby will tell you, Chris truly is one of the most decent people you will be fortunate enough to meet in rugby and, on behalf of all the RPA members, I wish him and his family the very best in his retirement.