Ed Jenkins in action for Australia.
Ed Jenkins in action for Australia. Kin Cheung

Rugby sevens ace forced to retire

RUGBY: Rugby sevens veteran Ed Jenkins will be missing from the Australian team at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after being forced into early retirement.

The former Australian captain announced Tuesday that he would quit the game immediately due to a shoulder injury.

"I'd like to say I came to the decision but I think it was the two surgeons that rammed it home to me that continuing to play wouldn't be great for my health and wellbeing,” the 31-year-old said.

Jenkins enjoyed a 10-year career in the green and gold and captained Australia for six seasons, including at the Rio Olympics.

He was part of the team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 and bronze in Glasgow four years later.

Australia coach Andy Friend paid tribute to Jenkins, saying he would leave a lasting legacy.

"His mental toughness and professionalism are second to none,” Friend said.

"If our current group of young players mirror those traits, then our program will be in a very healthy position.”


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