Chiefs prop forced to call it a day
Hamilton - Chiefs prop Ben Afeaki on Friday
announced his retirement from rugby due to medical reasons.
The 27-year-old suffered concussion in a Super
Rugby against the Crusaders in February last year and has not played
“I am very fortunate that I have achieved
some awesome things in rugby but now is the time that I have to make a decision
that is best for my health long-term, and that is to retire from all rugby,”
Afeaki told the Chiefs’ official website.
“I have been part of a team that has won
back-to-back Super Rugby championships. I have lived out a boyhood dream of playing for the All Blacks and
played for a very special team in the Maori All Blacks and captained my
provincial union, North Harbour.
“During that time I have built some
life-long friendships, had some awesome experiences and received amazing
support and care from the Chiefs, North Harbour and New Zealand Rugby.”
Afeaki played one Test for the All Blacks
in 2013. He played 36 matches for the Chiefs, eight matches for the Maori All
Blacks and 58 for North Harbour, also captaining the side.
Afeaki is excited about his future
prospects and is currently exploring business opportunities for the next phase
of his life.