Rees forced to retire
Wasps forward quits rugby on medical advice due to knee injury
Last Updated: 12/03/12 5:23pm
Former England flanker Tom Rees has retired from rugby on medical advice after failing to recover from a serious knee injury.
The 27-year-old Wasps forward suffered the injury during pre-season and despite his best attempts at successful rehab, he has been told to stop playing.
Rees won 15 senior caps for England and was a part of Wasps' Heineken Cup triumph in 2007 as well as their Premiership winning side one year later.
But his career in recent years has been blighted by numerous injuries, with two separate shoulder surgeries keeping him out for over a year before the knee problem forced him to quit.
"I'm gutted that I have been forced to retire at a time when I feel I could have contributed so much more to my club," Rees told Wasps' official website.
"Whilst I will always think what might have been, I will also look back on my career and what I achieved with a great deal of pride.
"Over the last nine years I have been privileged to take part in my hobby for a living, and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity."
He added: "I would especially like to thank everyone at London Wasps, they have given me such tremendous support at all times through my career but particularly of late, and I am sorry that I won't get to repay them for that."
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young says Rees' positive presence on the squad was felt even during his lengthy absences.
"This is incredibly sad news for Tom and for everyone at the club," Young said.
"His attitude and commitment to the club remained hugely constant even when he was out injured and I know his presence will be missed around the squad.
"Reesy though is a very resilient and intelligent man and I have no doubt whatever he does with his career he will make a success of it."