Ibanez Retires

Ibanez - with his 'actually, we won, didn't we?' grin Raphaël Ibañez has announced his retirement from club rugby with immediate effect. He was concussed in September and suffered further injuries against Leinster and Sale. Though better in day to day life, he apparently is still symptomatic in training. For the sake of his health, he will no longer play a role on the pitch, but he will take a role in training for the rest of the season.

I saw him yesterday at the Leicester game, and he seemed in good spirits, he was meeting the supporters and signing autographs.

I hope that he'll keep a Wasp connection in future years - in the meantime he seems to have become the resident Frenchman for BBC coverage of International games!