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Thompson retires from rugby because of neck injury

Updated: December 03, 2011, 10:29


LONDON(AP) Steve Thompson, England's 2003 World Cup-winning hooker, has announced his retirement from rugby for the second time because of a neck injury.

The 33-year-old Thompson has been advised by doctors to quit after experiencing numbness and dizziness since a scrummaging session in training with English club London Wasps in October.

Thompson tells Britain's Press Association on Saturday: "I went to the specialist and he advised me it isn't safe to carry on playing.''

Thompson, who won the last of his 73 caps for England in the team's World Cup quarterfinal defeat to France on Oct. 8, briefly retired in 2007 after undergoing surgery on a different neck injury.

He recently joined Wasps, following previous spells at Northampton, Brive and Leeds.

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