Edinburgh centre retires at age 25 after ‘history of head injuries’

Edinburgh centre retires at age 25 after 'history of head injuries'

Edinburgh centre George Taylor has retired from rugby at the age of 25, saying it was “the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make”.

Taylor hasn’t played this season due to a concussion, and he claims that a “history of head injuries” convinced him that it was the right decision. 


In 2018, he made his Edinburgh debut and is now pursuing a career in finance.

“It’s certainly not been a quick decision. It’s been thought through ever since I got a concussion while in pre-season back in August.

“It’s been on my mind and I’ve made some sacrifices to try and prepare for life after rugby.”

“I’ve come to the conclusion that I should step away and move on to other opportunities,” said Taylor.

Edinburgh centre retires at age 25 after 'history of head injuries'

He told the Edinburgh website: “I spoke to the boys and told them my decision earlier this week. Driving into the stadium and walking into BT Murrayfield, I thought ‘this will be fine’, but then I saw all the boys sitting there and it was just a really emotional moment.

“I thanked them for everything they’ve done in my career; they’ve been a massive part of it.”

Head coach Mike Blair said he was “gutted” for the player.

“It’s never easy to see any player step away from the game at a young age, however, health and family always comes first,” added Blair.

“It’s clear that George hasn’t taken this decision lightly in any way – rugby is the sport he loves, so I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for him.”

“I thanked them for everything they’ve done in my career; they’ve been a massive part of it.”

Head coach Mike Blair said he was “gutted” for the player.

“It’s never easy to see any player step away from the game at a young age, however, health and family always comes first,” added Blair.

“It’s clear that George hasn’t taken this decision lightly in any way – rugby is the sport he loves, so I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for him.”

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