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    TYRRELL RETIRES FROM RUGBY

    Rookie listed Emirates Western Force hooker Ryan Tyrrell has made the toughest decision of his career and hung up his boots from competitive rugby.
    Tyrrell made his Super Rugby debut in week two of 2010 against the Hurricanes in Wellington and played four consecutive matches before suffering a neck injury against the Waratahs in Perth which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

    While it was feared that the injury could force him from the game immediately he returned following surgery to be one the best performers in pre-season preparations for 2011. The switch of focus from the gym to the field however saw pain return to his neck and the 27 year old made the tough call to bring the curtain down on his playing days.

    Out of contract at the end of 2010, Tyrrell was given an opportunity by Graham to prove he was physically and mentally able to contribute again in Super Rugby and was offered an extension before the end of last year.

    “Ryan worked extremely hard over the past six months to recover from a neck operation and to become a better rugby player,” Head Coach Richard Graham said.

    “I had no hesitation in rewarding Ryan with an extended contract for this season given that he’d fulfilled the expectations placed upon him, however he has made the difficult decision in terms of his rugby future to retire and it’s unfortunate that it has come about because of injury,” said Graham.

    It is a disappointing end for the tough front rower who was one of the success stories of West Australian rugby having made his way through the local ranks to play at the highest provincial level in the world.

    Tyrrell earned his stripes at Rockingham, winning the 2008 PG Hampshire Award as the best player in the WA Premier Grade, before making his way through the Bankwest RugbyWA Academy and into the senior ranks where his dedication and fearless approach earned high praise from coaches and teammates alike.

    “We’re very proud of the fact that Ryan, as a local, had been able to fight his way into the Super Rugby squad and also to play at that level. The boys were extremely disappointed to hear of Ryan’s immediate retirement from the game as he is a well-respected member of the group,” Graham said.

    Name: Ryan Tyrrell
    Position: Hooker
    Height: 183cm
    Weight: 114kg
    Date of Birth: 9/11/1983
    Super Rugby Caps: 4
    Super Rugby Debut: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 – Hurricanes v Emirates Western Force, Wellington

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    Quote Originally Posted by RugbyWA View Post
    Rookie listed Emirates Western Force hooker Ryan Tyrrell has made the toughest decision of his career and hung up his boots from competitive rugby.

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    All the best to Ryan and his family, hopefully he can stay with the Force as maybe a weights coach or something.

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    Real shame - came in out of the blue and played as though he belonged in Super rugby. All the best Ryan.

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    Good Luck Ryan - best decision in the circumstances but not an easy one to make

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    All the best Ryan and to your family ....Hope you can stay in Perth...

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    I hear he's packing up and going back to Rockingham.

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    I would assume not to play rugby though......unless he's going to play in the centers again.

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    Such a shame. Met him for a coffee before Xmas to speak about life after rugby (just in case) and he was really determined to give it a go at the Force this year. Great attitude, great bloke and a big loss both on & off the pitch.

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    Was saddened to read these, both for his sake personally, but also we need good local stories of WA lads making it into the Force. The cupboard is a little roomy at the moment.

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