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Chris Whitehead forced to retire


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By Moorsman
March 25 2014

It's always sad to see any player's career end due to injury but even more so when that player is at the top of their game. Chris' performance in the LV=Cup final was something special and who could have guessed that he was carrying an injury!

Chris Whitehead Forced to Retire

Chris Whitehead scores in the LV=Cup final

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Chris Whitehead has spoken of his disappointment after it was confirmed this week that he will have to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.  Part of the club's LV= Cup winning side of a fortnight ago, the 27-year-old hooker has heeded the words of top specialists regarding his degenerative neck problem and called time on his four-season spell at Sandy Park.

 It's always sad to see any player's career end due to injury but even more so when that player is at the top of their game.  Chris' performance in the LV=Cup final was something special and who coulod have guessed that he was carrying an injury!  Chris has made himself something of a fans favourite for his off field activities as well as on field performances.  Before your mind runs away with things Chris was part of a regular local radio programme 'the PowWow' on radio Exe.  He gave some great insight to player banter with the brave ones appearing on the show.

Chris leaves many fond memories from his four years with the Chiefs but thankfully he had the experience of winning a trophy with the Chief.  Good luck Chris, I'm sure you'll prosper in whatever you do and as they say in these parts "once a Chief always a Chief".

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25/03/2014 20:56
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Moorsman (IP Logged)
25/03/2014 20:59
Thought this deserved more than a few mentions in a message board thread. Many thanks for some great memories Chris.(Sm152)

Good luck for the future (Sm134)

 
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Mabolza (IP Logged)
25/03/2014 21:31
That's a shocker. Didn't see that one coming.
Best wishes Chris and thanks for everything.(Sm152)

Don't be a stranger smileys with beer

 
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Pinhoe_Chief (IP Logged)
25/03/2014 21:48
Such a shame for a young man at the peak of his game, he has served us well. All the best for the future Chris.

(Sm152)

 
OggyMan
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OggyMan (IP Logged)
25/03/2014 22:56
Chris, so sorry to hear this news. You have been a star.

Very best wishes for the future

Oggy

 
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Tom A Hawk (IP Logged)
25/03/2014 23:01
This one really did come out of left field, Wish him all the best with what ever he will do in the future.

27 is far to young to retire, But his position is a very damanding one on the body. I do completely understand his decision and wish him well.

 
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Chief in Hobbiton (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 06:59
I applaud you Moorsman.....your right(Sm160)

Saddened to hear this news about Chris. I have every respect for all players who put their bodies through tremendous pressure.
Best of luck to you Chris......always a member of the Chiefs Family(Sm152)

Time for a pipe of Old Toby!

 
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clalan (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 07:18
I've said it once, worth saying it again. Thank you Chris for all you've done for Chiefs.
Sad to see you have to retire, but I'm sure you will make a success of the future no matter what you do.
All the best to you and your family, your a top bloke who always found time to chat even in Waitrose.

 
bandit boy
Re: Chris Whitehead forced to retire
bandit boy (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 08:57
Top player on and off the field, good luck with what ever you choose to do.

 
ExpatChief
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ExpatChief (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 09:07
Good luck to him in the future, always came across as one of the more switched on/grounded players such as his forward planning of setting up a busines so that he had something once his playing days were over. Also one of the technical hookers, even winning hooks against the head smiling smiley

 
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Dawlish chief (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 09:22
Top Man, Top Player, Great loss to Chiefs and the Supporters.

Good luck in your future ventures. (Sm152)

 
WillBlue
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WillBlue (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 10:54
Sorry to hear this devastating news. Always thought him to be a great player and a top bloke from when he was here at Bedford, and that continued even more so when he left to join your fantastic club. I wish him all the best for the future.

 
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chief pee wee (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 12:50
Gutted, Chris will be a big loss.

Good luck Chris for your future

 
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Kimbo (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 16:37
Best wishes for all you do in the future Chris. One of the best.

 
gaz939
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gaz939 (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 20:52
best wishes to him from a bath fan. I saw the final and thought his was a stand out performance, even more impressive given the circumstances

with his courage and commitment he will find another pathway, I'm sure

 
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Tom A Hawk (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 21:21
Nice Video from Chris on Chiefs TV.

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chieftain
Re: Chris Whitehead forced to retire
Chieftain (IP Logged)
26/03/2014 22:15
Great to see he is staying in the area and hopefully we will see him as a spectator and I assume we will get a chance to show our appreciation of him this Sat before or after the game. (Sm122)

 
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Widcombe Boy (IP Logged)
27/03/2014 11:05
Terrible news for the Chris & the Chiefs. Looked a real clubman who gave everything for the jersey. Best of luck in his future career( From a Bath supporter)

 
StewardSaffin
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Little MissChief (IP Logged)
27/03/2014 15:32
Its truly incredible the number of lovely comments and messages tha Chrissy has received is testimony to how much he is loved on and off the field. Lets really get Sandy Park rocking this weekend and chop our boys to victory for Chrissy!

 
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TAKODA (IP Logged)
28/03/2014 11:00
Sad news indeed, good player and all round top bloke, he will be missed on and off the field. Good luck and best wishes Chris.

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