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Harlequins scrum-half decides to retire

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'I'm sad to leave the game... but excited for what the future holds'

Harlequins have announced that scrum-half Dave Lewis will retire from professional rugby. Lewis joined Harlequins ahead of the 2017/18 season from Exeter after helping them secure both Premiership and Anglo-Welsh titles the previous season.

He went on to make his debut in the quartered shirt against Northampton in September 2017 and made 28 appearances in total for the club. He scored his first try for Quins in the win against Scarlets at The Stoop the following January in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Born in Manchester, Lewis originally progressed through the Exeter academy system and went on to join Gloucester in 2007. During his six years there, he made 88 appearances before returning to Exeter in 2013. In January 2014, he represented England Saxons against the Irish Wolfhounds at Kingsholm.

After leaving Harlequins, Lewis will begin his new career as a financial advisor with London-based firm Castell Wealth Management.

Lewis said: “I’m grateful to all the coaches, conditioners, physios and club staff who have helped me play the sport I love for so long.

“I would also like to thank my family, especially my partner Rach and daughter Olivia and my parents for their continued and unwavering support in helping me live my dream of being a professional rugby player.

“Though ultimately I’m sad to leave the game, I’m really looking forward to starting my new role. It’s something I’ve been working towards for a while and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

Harlequins boss Paul Gustard added: “Dave is an incredible professional who always gives his best. He is a keen thinker of the game and has added significant value on and off the pitch. I know that whatever he chooses to do in life he will be a success as he works hard, is humble and is an all-round great guy.

“I’d like to thank Dave for his service on behalf of the club over the past two seasons and wish him and his family all the best for the next chapter in their story.”

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'I'm sad to leave the game... but excited for what the future holds'