Connacht prop Robbie Morris has officially announced his retirement as a result of a back injury.
The former English international played his last game for the province against Toulon in last season’s Amlin Cup semi-final, having played 39 Magners League games for Connacht since joining in 2007 from Newcastle.
Connacht coach and former Irish International Eric Elwood said the 28-years-old Morris was “a true professional”. “ In the three years Robbie has been with us, he has made a huge impression on everyone. He is a well liked member of the squad, and the work he has done helping to bring the younger members through has been invaluable.”
Morris, who was capped for England in 2003 against Wales, is currently involved with Galwegians u-21s, in addition to helping Connacht forward coach Dan McFarland.
“I’ve always tried to help out the younger players,” says Morris, “ and since I’ve been injured I’ve had more time to dedicate to going through the analysis, watch them at training, and offering advice where it’s needed. There’s some great young props coming through, the likes of Brett Wilkinson and Jamie Hagan who’ve had a taste of the Irish squad and hopefully they’ll go on to get full caps and carry on from there.”