Sport: Concussion forces Boyd Cordner to quit NRL

Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner to announce retirement due to repeated concussions

  Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner to announce retirement due to repeated concussions The 29-year-old has not played since sustaining a head knock during the opening game of the 2020 State of Origin series. Cordner returned to the field in that game but took no further part in the series.He stepped away from the game to consider his future but the Roosters had been upbeat about a round 14 NRL return for their skipper.That comeback date passed in the Roosters' heart-stopping 35-34 win over the Gold Coast on Saturday with speculation that Cordner's comeback had been put on hold.Cordner will join former club co-captain Jake Friend in retirement in 2021 because of concussion issues.

Boyd Cordner says he would have been doing rugby league , himself and the Sydney Roosters an injustice playing on, conceding ongoing battles with concussion had robbed him of the confidence to compete in the NRL . After months of agonising, the Roosters, NSW State of Origin and Australian Test captain confirmed his retirement at a stirring press conference at the SCG on Monday. Less than a week after turning 29, Cordner became the third high-profile Roosters player to hang up the boots in 2021, joining club captain Jake Friend and veteran winger Brett Morris.

Boyd Cordner says he would have been doing rugby league , himself and the Sydney Roosters an injustice playing on, conceding ongoing battles with concussion had robbed him of the confidence to compete in the NRL . After months of agonising, the Roosters, NSW State of Origin and Australian Test captain confirmed his retirement at a stirring press conference at the SCG on Monday. Less than a week after turning 29, Cordner became the third high-profile Roosters player to hang up the boots in 2021, joining club captain Jake Friend and veteran winger Brett Morris.

Boyd Cordner is expected to become the third high-profile Sydney Roosters player to retire in 2021, forced out of the NRL because of repeated concussions.

Decorated Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner is set to announce his retirement from rugby league. © Dean Lewins/AAP PHOTOS Decorated Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner is set to announce his retirement from rugby league.

The Roosters, NSW and Australia Test captain is reportedly set to confirm his retirement at a press conference on Monday morning.

The 29-year-old hasn't played since sustaining a head knock during the opening game of the 2020 State of Origin series.

Cordner returned to the field in that game but took no further part in the series, won by Queensland.

Boyd Cordner officially retires from playing for the Sydney Roosters

  Boyd Cordner officially retires from playing for the Sydney Roosters Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner has announced his early retirement from the game after suffering repeated concussions. The 29-year-old wiped away tears as he announced he would be hanging up his boots for good at a press conference on Monday morning.'The past six months or so has been a really challenging time in my life in regards to my head knock and my health,' he said.'I didn't think that I would be up here in front of you all today announcing that it would be it for me.''All I ever wanted to do was to get back and play the game I love and, most importantly, for the club that I love.

Boyd Cordner announced retirement from rugby league with Sydney Roosters. 'This hasn't been any easy decision for me to come to,' Cordner told reporters. He has not played since head knock in November's State of Origin series opener. Retirement brought to end an illustrious career that began with An emotional Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner has announced his premature retirement from the game due to fears about the long-term consequences of his repeated concussions . The 29-year-old wiped away tears at a press conference on Monday morning as he announced he would be

Boyd Cordner forced into immediate retirement over concussion issues. Despite having two years left to run on his Roosters contract, Cordner will join teammate Jake Friend by putting his Friend, the Roosters co-captain, finished up in the NRL after another concerning head knock sustained in round 1.

He stepped away from the game to consider his future but the Roosters had been upbeat about a round 14 NRL return for their inspirational skipper.

That comeback date passed in the Roosters' heart-stopping 35-34 win over the Gold Coast on Saturday with speculation that Cordner's comeback had been put on hold.

Cordner joins former club co-captain Jake Friend in retirement in 2021 because of concussion issues.

The Roosters have also farewelled Brett Morris this season after a career-ending knee injury.

Cordner's call will mark a cruel end to a decorated career.

One of the most reliable players in the game, Cordner figured in premierships with the Roosters in 2013, 2018 and 2019.

He also led NSW to Origin series victories in 2018 and 2019 and took over as Kangaroos Test captain in 2018.

Cordner still had two years to run on his Roosters contract but will instead end with 181 games for the foundation club, 20 matches for the Kangaroos and 16 Origins for NSW.

It also comes as another brutal blow to the injury-hit Roosters who are also without representative stars Luke Keary and Lindsay Collins with long-term injuries.

Cordner's medical retirement has been cleared by the NRL, according to media reports.

His decision to walk away from the game on health grounds comes as the NRL launches a crackdown on head-high tackles.

Joey warns 'true legend' against massive pursuit .
As Roosters icon Boyd Cordner moves into life after footy, Andrew Johns says there's a massive gig he shouldn't chase.Being a former long-term skipper of the Roosters, NSW and Australia suggests a shift into head coaching is a reasonable career move, but Johns says he doesn't see Cordner as "that sort of person".

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