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Former Shark Hargreaves forced out of the game


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 5 Oct 2016 at 13:12
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There’s some sad news from London today, with the confirmation that former Sharks lock forward Alistair Hargreaves – now playing for Saracens – has been forced to retire from professional rugby.

Hargreaves has suffered a number of concussions over the last two years and has decided to follow medical advice and stop playing as a result, rather than risk his long term health. We are hearing more and more stories about the serious impact of head knocks in the sport, with the Pat Lambie incident earlier in the year bringing the topic sharply into focus.

World Rugby is taking the management and treatment of concussion far more seriously now, which is a good thing and it’s thanks, in part, to this new policy that Hargreaves has made the sensible decision to call it a day. “It’s been a very tough decision to make. I’ve suffered a number of concussions in the last two seasons and after seeking medical advice I’ve come to the conclusion that the risk is outweighing the reward,” Hargreaves told ESPN. “I have a young family, I have to make decisions that are right by them and although this was a hard decision for me personally it’s one that I feel is the right one to make.”

We’d like to wish Ali and his family all the best for the future.



12 Comments

  • All the best, Al. Thanks for the great memories and good luck to you…

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.10.16 13:25:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Al to spend his full time making his Wolfpack lager now. A very talented player that probably didnt achieve his true full potential due to injuries. All the best to him

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.10.16 13:27:23 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Health first, good call. All the best for the future. I get rhe feeling that he was well liked and respected at Saracens.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.10.16 14:03:57 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Sad to see him go but 110% correct decision to make!!! Wishing him well for his future!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.10.16 14:22:02 by JD Reply
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  • So sad saw him and Brad Barritt at DPHS as junior school boys and they both had Bok written all over them.Allie was an amazing cricketer and could have made the Proteas.
    Always felt that he was given no respect at the Sharks,considering that he was a WC winning captain,he and Brad couldn’t get out of town fast enough.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.10.16 14:30:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : if memory service me right he was deemed to “light” and needed to “bulk up”.
    Must say of the current players Andrews reminds me a lot of him.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.10.16 15:18:50 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : Plum had an issue with Ali. Never got to the bottom of what it was.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.10.16 15:24:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Rob like I mentioned I remember something about him being to light. They (not sure if it was Plum) wanted him to “bulk up”.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.10.16 15:51:54 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : at the time he never really imposed himself physically as he should have.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.10.16 16:04:54 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : I think it was more about discipline and attitude, at the time.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.10.16 16:26:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : OK.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.10.16 17:08:28 by JD Reply
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  • Best of luck in all future endeavours Al.

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.10.16 09:20:09 by vanmartin Reply
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