After his second serious neck injury suffered in Rd 21 of 2006 Cowboys Forward Robert Tanielu announced today that he will cease participation in the National Rugby League based on medical grounds.
Coach Graham Murray said “it's always disappointing to lose a player of Robs' calibre to an injury, especially when it is something out of the players' control. Rob has been a strong club man and we will miss his presence both on and off the field”.
Robert confirmed his decision after consulting with medical specialists, football staff and his family.
“The Cowboys looked at all options and medical advice in the hope Rob would be able to continue his playing role with the club. Unfortunately the risk of further injury was too great. Rob has been a wonderful contributor for this club and we wish him and his family nothing but the best”, said NQ Toyota Cowboys CEO Peter Parr.