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Former team-mates have nothing but utmost respect for David Denton following his retirement

Team-mates of former Scotland No8 David Denton have reacted to his retirement on social media after he was forced to end his career at the age of 29 due to concussion. 

The Leicester Tigers loose forward missed much of last season after suffering an injury to his head in October, which subsequently ruled him out of the World Cup as well. But he was expected to make a return to action in the new Premiership season. 

After the announcement was made, a number of his team-mates for both club and country praised his career, particularly his ball-carrying ability.

Jim Hamilton, who played alongside Denton with Scotland, said it was “a pleasure to watch you carry”, while Rory Lawson described him as a “wrecking ball”. 

Denton announced himself on the international stage in 2012 as a 21-year-old with a man of the match performance against England at Murrayfield. His bruising display in that game was a precursor for what was to come for the rest of his career.

He went on to earn 42 caps for Scotland and in the process played for Edinburgh, Bath, Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers, but he had a career that was equally hampered by injury.

During two seasons at Bath, he played barely any rugby and his fortunes did not change when he moved to Sixways the season after. He would have hoped that his move to Leicester would have allowed him to string more games together, but his time there was the shortest of the lot. 

His retirement has yet again brought the topic of concussion and player welfare back into the spotlight, as it is a priority of World Rugby’s to make the game safer. 

Denton is not the first player to retire from a head injury, and he has spoken in the past of the problems that he has faced. It is, therefore, no surprise that World Rugby have sought to reduce head injuries. 

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Former team-mates have nothing but utmost respect for David Denton following his retirement