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Leeds Rhinos captain Stevie Ward retires at 27 due to concussions

  • Ward suffers daily symptoms after two concussions last year
  • He calls on rugby league to avoid players being ‘guinea pigs’

The Leeds captain Stevie Ward has been forced to retire at the age of 27 due to concussions he suffered last year, saying he cannot put his health and brain at any further risk.

The loose forward, a two-times Grand Final winner with the Rhinos, has called on the sport to do more to protect players and avoid another generation from becoming “guinea pigs” in research.

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