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Andrew Higgins retires from rugby

October 11th, 2013

Newcastle Falcons winger, Andrew Higgins, has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect, following a long term knee injury.

Higgins, 32, who joined the Falcons ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, made 14 appearances for the club. The former Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks man played his role in helping the Falcons make an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership last term.

Higgins said of his decision to retire: “It was a tough decision to have to make, and I’m ultimately disappointed to have retired from rugby.

“I’ve been extremely privileged and proud to experience so much within rugby. I have some great memories spanning from my first club Worcester Warriors, right through to my last club Newcastle Falcons, as well as representing England Saxons and England Sevens.

“I’m now excited about taking these experiences and skills into the next stage of my career and I’m looking forward to what the future holds. Finally I would like to say a huge thank you to all the players and coaches that have helped me over the years.”

Newcastle Falcons Player Development Manager, Mandy Thompson, paid tribute to Higgins: “I’d like to congratulate Andrew on a fantastic career and wish him all the very best for the future. I’m extremely proud to have had the opportunity to work with him and I thank him for engaging with the Player Development Programme so enthusiastically. He has been a fantastic ambassador for the PDP at Newcastle and I’m eager to continue working alongside him as part of the Alumni programme as he moves on to the next stage of his career.”

Falcons Director of Rugby Dean Richards said: “I’m disappointed that Andrew has had to retire. Andrew has contributed a lot to the team during his year at the club, and I wish him all the very best for the future.”