posted on Nov, 3 2004 @ 12:01 PM
Wasps scrum-half and former Wales captain Rob Howley has confirmed his retirement from rugby.
And Wallabies captain George Gregan led the tributes to a player he described as "a really great half-back".
The 34-year-old has been forced to concede defeat in his battle to overcome a wrist injury that first surfaced earlier this year.
Howley underwent surgery in June, and an appointment with his consultant surgeon David Evans confirmed the inevitable. Howley had also sought a second
opinion recently from Doug Campbell, a Leeds based wrist specialist.
"It is a very sad and scary feeling to be told that your rugby career is over," said Howley.
"I had high hopes of returning to Wasps and even pushing for a place in the Lions squad (to New Zealand next summer) but unfortunately it is not to