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It has been said before that the attrition of rugby has been detrimental to the longevity of far too many rugby players over the years, as is the case with Cornish Pirates’ backrower Olly White, who has been forced to quit playing the game because of a serious knee injury.
It was announced in May 2022 that backrower Olly had signed a one-year contract with the Cornish Pirates, so now having to retire from the game at the age of just 22 is inevitably a big blow for the former Wales under 18s/19s player who was restricted to featuring in just two pre-season friendlies.
Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Alan Paver has commented:
“We are all obviously devasted for Olly who is naturally frustrated. A popular young man, he is a bright and extremely intelligent and was identified very early on by our coach Louie (Tonkin) as someone who could potentially have been a Cornish Pirate for the future.
“Prior to his arrival in Cornwall, Olly had been a good leader who had skippered a successful Exeter University leam in BUCS Super Rugby. However, aswe all know, injuries such as he has suffered happen occasionally in rugby and for him it means he exits the professional game early, to now concentrate on work life.
“On behalf of us all at the Cornish Pirates wesincerely wish him all the best for the future.”