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Tuesday May 18, 2021

Ospreys hooker reflects on premature retirement due to neck injury

Ospreys hooker Scott Otten has announced his retirement from professional rugby on medical advice with immediate effect.

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The 26-year-old suffered a neck injury playing for Ospreys against Guinness PRO14 opponents the Dragons in January.

Otten, a Wales Under-20 international, made more than 100 Ospreys appearances since his debut in 2014.

“It (rugby career) has been a dream come true, and it’s just gut-wrenching and cruel to have it cut short,” Otten said, in a statement released by the Ospreys.

“For me, retirement from rugby has come way too early. There is a lot of hard work to come.

“My coffee business is growing nicely at the moment, and I have just finished my level two coaching course and looking ahead to my level three, then seeing what opportunities are out there for me to become a coach.”

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Ospreys head coach Toby Booth added: “It is hugely sad when a player’s career is curtailed by injury, but if there is a silver lining it is that Scott has planned an alternative career, which will no doubt see him flourish.”

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