Ulster second row Peter Browne has announced his retirement from rugby following medical advice on the danger of sustaining further concussions.
Browne who is only 30, joined Ulster in 2014 and made 34 appearances for the club. However, the English man only made 3 appearances for the club last season and has yet to feature for the club this season. Browne speaking about the announcement said “Over the past couple of seasons, along with other injuries, I have suffered a number of concussions.” He said “In all of those cases (apart from my most recent head injury, which took longer), I have made a quick and full recovery and, thankfully, I have no long-term symptoms.
Browne acknowledged that he seeked medical advice “However, through the expert medical care at Ulster, headed by Dr Webb, and having seen a neurological specialist, it is clear that I have an increased propensity for concussion symptoms following any head injury. “Therefore, with that counsel, and after speaking to family, I have made the extremely tough decision to retire from the game I love. However, he said he was thankful for his 12 years of playing the game and said “I look back with thankfulness on a career spanning 12 years, from a bright-eyed (beardless) school kid in the Gloucester Academy to a student making his debut for Newcastle Falcons. “I then moved to Harlequins and was fortunate to be part of the squad that won the Amlin Cup, Premiership and LV Cup. Then, after two very contrasting seasons at London Welsh as we won the Championship, and then were relegated, I was recruited by Ulster, and for that I will be forever thankful”.
The Director of Ulster Operation Bryan Cunningham said “I would like to thank Pete for the way in which he embraced his move to Ulster and made a positive contribution, not only within our environment, but also in the wider community. “Pete will be missed around Kingspan Stadium but we fully understand his decision to retire and we wish him well in whatever he turns his hand to next.