Aaron Carpenter Retires After Concussion Concerns: 34 Year Old Collected 80 Caps
from Rugby Canada
Aaron Carpenter has confirmed his retirement from professional rugby, bowing out on medical grounds following a series of head injuries.
The 34-year-old collected 80 caps for Canada, surpassing Al Charon to become the most capped Canadian international in history this summer.
"On behalf of the Rugby Canada Board of Directors I would like to congratulate Aaron on his impressive career," stated Tim Powers Chairman of the Rugby Canada Board of Directors. "He also deserves our deep thanks for the commitment he made to his country and rugby in Canada."
Aaron featured in three Rugby World Cups for the Canucks and made 16 appearances for the Knights after signing for the Club from London Welsh in January this year.
“Aaron has been a true servant to Canadian Rugby for over a decade. For a Canadian to win 80 caps is an incredible achievement and Aaron always represented his country with honour, pride and respect, especially doing so as captain on a number of occasions. I’d like to wish Aaron and his family all the best in his retirement,” said Allen Vansen, CEO of Rugby Canada.
Carpenter, a dynamic forward and a powerful carrier with a penchant for the try line, suffered consecutive head injuries whilst playing for the Knights which was compounded whilst on international duty for Canada versus Spain in November.
Reflecting on his decision Aaron stated: “After three concussions in a short period of time, it is with sadness that I announce my retirement from the game; I wish I could have finished off this season with my team but it just wasn’t meant to be.
“I have had an amazing run in the game and consider myself fortunate to have had so many memorable experiences in my rugby career.”
Aaron went on to thanks those who played a part in his time at Castle Park and wished the Knights the best for the future. “I would like to thank Doncaster Knights’ owners, Tony de Mulder and Steve Lloyd, the coaching Clive, Glen and Paul for showing belief in me and pushing me to my full potential on a daily basis and also to the medical staff - Doctor Zain, Lindsay and Jess for looking after me in a difficult situation.
“I would also like to say a big thank you to my sponsors, Stan and Val Newman for their support this season as well as all the passionate Doncaster Knights fans who were always a great support and a pleasure to chat with.
“I wish the team, who became my second family, all the best for the remainder of the season and now I look forward to the next chapter in my life. I hope to stay involved with rugby at some level and give back to the game as well as the rugby community.”
Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths added. “We are devastated that Aaron has been forced to retire from the game in the nature that he has.
“I first came across Carps with Canada over ten years ago and not only has he become a very important player for me but also a good friend. He has had a fantastic career at both club and international always leading by example with a faultless attitude.
“Whilst it is disappointing for Aaron you can not gamble with injuries of this nature and with a young family to think of I believe Aaron has made the right decision.
“I really do hope that Aaron stays in the game in some form, particularly in his native Canada where he has already played such a big part of their international development.”