Friday, November 26, 2021

Concussion forces Wallabies’ Helet-Petty to retire

SYDNEY (NWN) — Australian international Dane Helett-Petty has been forced to retire from rugby after a long battle with injuries.

Helett-Petty, 32, suffered a head injury in a Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks in October 2020 and was unable to play with the Melbourne Rebels in the most recent Super Rugby season.

The fullback, with 38 trials and 12 tries for wallabies, had attempted to return to top-level action, but complained of migraine-like symptoms.

“This is not the way I wanted it to end,” Helett-Petty posted on social media on Sunday. “I would have loved to run out just one more time, but it didn’t have to happen.

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“Rugby has given me so much and for that I am forever grateful. Experiences, opportunities, challenges and lifelong friendships. Thank you to all the teams that gave me the opportunity and whose jerseys I proudly wore.

Helett-Petty, who represented Australia in rugby sevens, made his Wallabies debut against England in 2016.

His Super Rugby career began at Western Force in 2008 and then worked in Japan and France before joining Rebels in 2018.

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