The former wing of the All Blacks Liam Squire announced his retirement from the game due to a recurring knee injury. The highly talented forward, he represented New Zealand 23 times between 2016 and 2018 before his injury problems became recurring.
He missed much of the 2019 Super Rugby season and then retired from the World Cup team, stating that he was “not physically or mentally prepared” for the rigors of test rugby.
“After six or seven months of complete rest awaiting a cure and speaking with my surgeon and medical team, they advised me that my long-term best interest is to retire from all rugby immediately,” Squire said in a statement.
“As disappointing and frustrating as it is, my long-term well-being has to come first. I’m excited for the next chapter in my life and getting away from rugby. “
Squire made his Super Rugby debut with Chiefs, but it was in the Highlanders that he really started to shine.
The 30-year-old was a key part of his team for three seasons and earned him international recognition with the All Blacks.
He was seen as the long-term option on the blind side, replacing Jerome Kaino following the international retirement of the New Zealand legend after the 2015 World Cup, but injuries hampered Squire and eventually forced him to hang up his boots. .
“Thank you to my family and friends for your unconditional support through the good and the bad,” he added.
“I couldn’t have achieved what I have without all of you. Also to the coaches, the administration staff and the fans that I met throughout this journey, thank you. “