Saracens flanker Joel Conlon forced to retire

Joel Conlon lifting the Premiership 7s Cup
Joel Conlon lifting the Premiership 7s Cup

Saracens have confirmed that flanker Joel Conlon has retired from professional rugby with immediate effect.

A product of Exeter Academy, Conlon signed his first professional contract with the Chiefs in 2012 and was selected for the England Under 20 side a year later. He also scored the winning try in England's 2014 IRB Junior World Championship triumph that followed a 21-20 win over South Africa in the final.

His switch to Saracens came during the 2016/17 season and was part of the back-to-back European titles and two Premiership wins for the Allianz Park outfit. He also led Saracens to Premiership Rugby Sevens Series triumph.

The 24-year-old was advised two-year break from the game following a neck injury and has eventually decided to retire.

“I’m pretty gutted I’m having step away now. I was hoping to kick-on and be involved a bit more this year after some frustrating seasons with injury.

“The club have been amazing with me, supported me the whole way through and I can’t thank them enough.”

Meanwhile, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall wished Conlon good luck for his future endeavours.

“Joel Conlon always represented Saracens in a way that exemplified the values we hold dear; a hard-working, physical player on the field and a person of character away from it.

“Joel is retiring from the game due to injury; we know he will be very successful in the next chapter of his life and we wish him every success.”

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