Andrew Sheridan retires from rugby due to a damaged neck

Andrew Sheridan has to retire from rugby with immediate effect on medical grounds, at the age of 34, after doctors advised that his damaged neck can no longer take the strain.
The man who has been respected and feared to be England’s scrum destroyer-in-chief received the grim news in the last fortnight. He has won 40 caps Test for his country and two for Lions.
Andrew consulted a specialist to learn whether there was any hope that he might be able to carry on playing rugby but he was advised not to do so.
Sheridan still has one season remaining on his contract with French side Toulon, but in the summer the club got the idea of losing him and their worst nightmare has just been materialized.
Andrew Sheridian himself was also considering the possibility of looking for another club, before being given the medical orders to call time on his career.
He played his last game for Toulon in February, when he had to come off during a home Top 14 match against Biarritz at Stade Felix Mayol. Just afterwards he had to operate his neck, but it didn’t serve as a miracle cure. He had suffered an injury in the same area last November and it was apparent that he could no longer withstand the persistent problems.
An official announcement arrived on Tuesday morning from Sheridan’s management company, James Grant, confirming that he has retired in order to pursue a career in the wine trade. Since moving to France in 2012, he has been studying in order to turn a hobby into a full-time venture, and after completing qualifications he plans to become a wine buyer.
Andrew Sheridan went out on a high at club level. In 2013, he was a stalwart of the multi-national Toulon team who won the Heineken Cup, beating French rivals Clermont Auvergne in the final in Dublin.