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Sad news as Leicester star is forced to quit
Lock Blaze defeated by stress fracture
Posted Oct 23, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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It’s always sad when a professional athlete’s career is cut short because of an injury, and this week, we’ve had such news regarding Leicester Tigers’ second row Richard Blaze.
The 25-year-old has been forced to retire from professional rugby after failing to recover from a stress fracture of the foot – an injury he first sustained in 2008.
A former England under 19 and under 21 international, Blaze also played for England Saxons. He moved to Tigers from Worcester in 2007 and played his final game for the Leicestershire outfit against London Irish 12 months ago.
The injury ruled him out of the majority of the 2008-09 season but the 6ft 7in, 18st 8lb lock returned for the start of last season, training with the senior England squad ahead of the autumn internationals before the injury struck again.
He told the BBC: “I’ve worked hard to come back from the injury. But I’ve been advised that the stress fracture is not going to stand up to the demands of a full-time career and reluctantly I announce my retirement.”
In other injury news, Scarlets prop Rhys Thomas is set to be out until the New Year after breaking his leg at Leicester last Saturday in the 46-10 Heineken Cup defeat.
The former Wales tighthead was stretchered off after 35 minutes of the tie at Welford Road and after scans at hospital in Leicester, it was revealed he had suffered a fracture of his tibia. The former Dragons star has been beset with injury in recent years, missing the majority of last season with a toe problem.
On a happier note, James Tincknell has signed a new two-year contract with Leeds Carnegie. The Leeds side are currently suffering a torrid season in the Aviva Premiership so this will be welcome news indeed. The highly thought of centre only arrived at Leeds in the summer on trial from Wharfedale and he will now remain at the Headingly club until 2012. Great news for both the player and club.