Exeter Chiefs’ 32-year-old prop Carl Rimmer said he will "not lament what was" after being forced to retire due to a stroke he suffered in training last January.
Rimmer has been given medical advice to hang up his boots and now plans to work in the construction industry. He had hoped to return to playing action but has now conceded defeat.
"In January, I suffered a stroke after a nick in the artery following some contact in the game at Newcastle," he told the club website.
"It was a delayed onset situation as, two days after the game, I walked out onto the training pitch, ran 50 metres at my slowest possible pace and nearly knocked Stu Townsend over by falling over.
"It was all a bit weird. Nobody knew what had happened, I didn’t really know, I was fully conscious, and by the time I got to hospital and someone diagnosed it and told me what was wrong, the best part of me thought ‘it can’t be’. It turns out it was related to trauma and not to anything else.
"The club were brilliant with me and let me have some good time off to make sure everything healed as it should. Apart from the rugby side of things, I have been pretty much fine since February, so that has been brilliant.
"I was under the impression from medical guidance that there was a chance that I could return to playing, but at the same time the percentage was only 50-50, but unfortunately, three months later, when they rescanned everything, the injury itself had not healed properly, which just meant the risks of returning to play a contact sport were too great, and I was advised medically to retire, which wasn’t great news to hear at the time.
"I am now in the position where I am looking forward to my next challenge, and not lamenting what was."