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Nathan Budgett Announces Retirement

Published on 15th February 2011 by Tom Tainton

Welsh lock-forward forced to retire through injury

Bristol Rugby are saddened to announce that due to ongoing injury, Nathan Budgett will retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.

The thirty-five year-old lock forward has not featured at all this season after damaging his ankle in the club’s Championship play-off semi-final win over London Welsh last May.

For the remainder of the 2010/11 season, Budgett, who has a degree in Sports Science and a masters degree in Coaching Science, will join the Strength & Conditioning department and also assist Forwards Coach Matt Salter.

In a distinguished career, Budgett was capped twelve times by Wales and made ninety-five first-team appearances for Bristol since joining from Bridgend in December 2005.

Head Coach Paul Hull said: “Nathan has suffered a series of setbacks in his bid to regain full fitness, and following his second operation, the surgeon has advised him that he would not be able to play rugby again. Everybody at the club would like to thank Nathan for his contribution to Bristol Rugby over the last five years.”