Harlequins lock Matt Symons to retire at end of season

Matt Symons (left) has played 80 times for Harlequins
Matt Symons (left) has played 80 times for Harlequins
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Harlequins lock Matt Symons has announced that he will be retiring from professional rugby at the end of the ongoing season.

Symons started his professional rugby career with Esher in 2011 and went on to join Canterbury in 2013 with his Super Rugby debut for Crusaders coming in 2014. He made a switch to London Irish in 2015 and also had a stint with Wasps before heading to Twickenham Stoop ahead of the 2018/19 season.

During his time with the Quins, he went on to win the 2020/21 Premiership title and has played over 80 games for them.

“I think there comes a natural time for every rugby player to hang up their boots, and I feel fortunate to be able to make that decision on my own terms.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given through professional rugby.

"It has given me the chance to live out a childhood dream and meet some fantastic people. I’m now really excited to shift into a new working environment, where I can hopefully add value using some of the skills developed through elite sport.

“Winning the Premiership here with Harlequins last season is my most cherished rugby memory. Overall, from the journey to New Zealand and finishing up back in London, I’ve been very lucky."

Director of Rugby Performance Billy Millard lavished praise on Symons and his contribution to the club.

“Matt has been an absolute warrior for the Club since he joined us four years ago. He is one of rugby’s good guys and was instrumental to our Premiership win last season. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with the big man.

“We wish him nothing but the absolute best as he transitions into his new role in the city at the end of the season and we look forward to a few more months of working together at the business end of our campaign before he retires.”