Former England prop Sheridan forced to retire

Former England and Toulon prop Andrew Sheridan has been forced to retire from playing rugby with immediate effect due to a neck injury.

Thirty-four-year-old British and Irish Lions prop Sheridan suffered a neck injury last season and had surgery on his neck in February but he has failed to recover.

The forty-cap international last played for England in 2011 and has been playing in France since 2012

Sheridan’s management company James Grant have released a statement confirming that “their client Andrew Sheridan has retired from rugby with immediate effect on medical grounds”.

“Andrew, 34, has failed to recover from the neck injury he sustained last season playing for Toulon and the subsequent operation he underwent, back in February,” said the company in the release.

“Capped 40 times by England and twice by the British and Irish Lions, Andrew will now focus on completing his qualifications in wine before looking to forge a new career in the trade.”

Sheridan made his international debut against Canada in 2004 and his last Test
was in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

In 2007 he was a core member of the side that reached the world cup final and
played a significant role in destroying Australia’s scrum in the quarter final
held in Marseille and won man of the match for the performance.

Sheridan played in five British and Irish Lions midweek matches in 2005 but
did not make the test team and in 2009 he won two Test caps against South Africa.

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