Finnigan forced to hang up his boots

Former Super League and Ireland international forward Simon Finnigan has been forced to retire from rugby league through injury.

Finnigan, 32, who was born in Warrington but grew up in Australia, ironically played his last game against the Kangaroos, in Ireland‘s final group match at the World Cup.

He returned to England in 2003 with Widnes, and then had spells with Salford, Bradford and Huddersfield, before returning to the Vikings in 2011.

His spell there was ended by a serious injury in a game against Castleford in 2012, but he then switched to Leigh for a season in the Championship.

He said: “It’s with a huge amount of sadness I’m announcing my retirement from playing rugby. Unfortunately injuries have played their part in my decision to call it a day.

“It’s been my absolute privilege and pleasure to play rugby since I was nine years old. I’ve met some wonderful people along the way and forged friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Finnigan will now join the coaching staff at Leigh.

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