Rob Worrincy retires, aged 38

Drew Darbyshire
Rob Worrincy with Alan Kilshaw

Hunslet winger Rob Worrincy has announced his retirement from rugby league at the age of 38 because of a recurring knee injury.

The Leeds-born winger only joined Hunslet ahead of this season but had yet to feature for the Parksiders due to a knee injury he sustained last season, which flared up again.

Hunslet granted Worrincy a release from his contract, and he has now hung up his boots for good,

The Championship stalwart initially retired at the end of the 2021 campaign. But he came out of retirement to star with the British Police in the 2022 President’s Cup, scoring a spectacular long-range try in a win over competition favourites England Universities.

That saw him return to the professional game with Rochdale last season, scoring six tries in 10 appearances.

In his professional career, Worrincy has scored 211 tries in 343 games for Halifax, Sheffield, Dewsbury, Rochdale and Castleford. He also enjoyed a short stint in rugby union with Doncaster between 2006-07.

Worrincy was born and raised in England and is of Nigerian and Welsh heritage. He is the elder brother of Michael Worrincy, who played for Harlequins, Bradford, Leigh and London Skolars.

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Rob Worrincy one of two players to depart Hunslet

The League 1 club have confirmed the immediate departures of Worrincy and Tyler Walton, who has been unable to commit to training through increased work commitments.

Back-rower Walton, who joined from Midlands Hurricanes towards the end of last year, had appeared in pre-season friendlies against Batley and Salford’s Reserves. Hunslet have also granted him a release from his deal.

Hunslet coach Alan Kilshaw said: “We’re sorry to see Tyler and Rob go. But, in all the circumstances, they have made the right decisions.

“We thank them for their commitment in the short time they have been with us. We wish them both well for the future.”

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