London Wasps backrower Hart forced to retire

London Wasps back-row forward John Hart has been forced to retire from rugby because of a shoulder injury, the Premiership Rugby Club announced on Thursday.

Hart, who made 165 first team appearances and captained Wasps 38 times, made his Wasps debut in 2002, featuring in two successful Premiership finals and being part of two European Cup-winning squads.

“I am really disappointed to bow out this way, but the decision was taken out of my hands, unfortunately,” said 30-year-old Hart.

“I had hoped I would be able to carry on to the end of the season, but after the game against Northampton (on March 24) it was clear that I wouldn’t be able to.

“I’ve had great support from the club in this matter, and I want to thank everyone for that through a difficult time.”

Wasps rugby director David Young added: “Harty has been a lynchpin in the Wasps side for a number of years and I have been hugely impressed with him in my short time with the club.

“His leadership and passion for Wasps was the reason I named him my captain at the start of the season, and it’s sad to see him have to retire before the season is out.”

Hart’s former Wasps back-row colleague Tom Rees recently announced his retirement from the game due to a knee injury during what has been a difficult campaign for the London club.

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