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Luke Fielden retires from knee injury

April 23rd, 2014

England 7s and former Newcastle Falcons’ winger Luke Fielden has announced his retirement from professional rugby due to a knee injury.

Fielden joined the Falcons in 2010 before switching to England 7s in 2013. He was named the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7 Series Player of the Season in 2012.

England 7s Head Coach, Simon Amor, said of Fielden’s retirement: “It is with real sadness that Luke was unable to fulfil his clear potential on the field with England 7s. Despite his injury setbacks Luke has remained an integral part of the England 7s squad, providing leadership off the field during a period of significant change to the programme. He has shown incredible strength of character in times of real adversity and his attitude has been everything. Everyone at England 7s is confident that Luke will make a real success in his future career.”

Throughout his professional rugby career Luke has worked on preparing for life after rugby, achieving a BA Hons degree in Sports Development and Coaching in 2008. Working with his Player Development Manager, Luke is currently completing the RPA/Padsis Certificate in Coaching Schools’ Rugby.

Since his retirement he has accepted the role of Rugby Development Coach at Colfe’s School, London, where he will be responsible for the development of rugby throughout the school as well as co-ordinating the work of other coaches. Luke will also be involved in outreach work to help promote grassroots rugby in local state schools. Fielden will be following in the distinguished footsteps of former All Black, John Gallagher, who served as Director of Sport at Colfe’s for 15 years up until 2012.

On his retirement from the professional game and looking ahead to new challenges, Luke said: “It’s obviously bitterly disappointing to have to end my career in this way and not on my own terms. However I will look back on my time as a rugby player with the fondest of memories. My time with England 7’s, although difficult from a playing perspective, has been a really enjoyable one thanks to the boys and staff who have made it such a valuable experience for me.

“I’d like to thank the RFU for their support during this difficult time and also the RPA, in particular Mandy Thompson and Caroline Guthrie, for their valued support and help throughout my career. I am really excited about starting the next chapter of my life at Colfe’s School. Hopefully I can help to inspire the next generation of rugby players.”