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Ireland prop Simon Best retires, 5 months after hospitalized at World Cup

Ireland prop Simon Best retires, 5 months after hospitalized at World Cup

Ireland prop Simon Best retired from professional rugby Monday _ five months after he was hospitalized during the World Cup with an irregular heart rhythm.
The 30-year-old Best has been monitored by doctors since his hospitalization on Sept. 26 in Bordeaux, France, after he lost sensation down the right side of his body.
While he has not had any further illness or long-term effects, the Irish Rugby Football Union said medical experts had advised against him resuming his rugby career.
"It is with great sadness that I am forced to retire from the game at this stage in my career," Best said. "However, I have no regrets and feel immensely proud and privileged to have represented both Ulster and Ireland for the past nine years."
Best played 23 times for Ireland. His younger brother Rory also plays for Ireland as a hooker.
"He was an incredibly honest, talented and hard working player in every aspect of his participation in the game and a model professional," Ireland Coach Eddie O'Sullivan said. "He was and still is an extremely popular guy with all the players and it is very unfortunate that his career has been cut short by this condition when he still had so much more to offer Irish Rugby."