Former Ireland U20 prop retires aged 23

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IRISH rugby union player Ben Betts has retired at the age of 23.

Betts, who most recently played for Doncaster Knights, has stepped away from the game to return to full-time employment in Ireland.

Rugby Friendly, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin 22/12/2015 Ireland U20 vs Leinster Development Ireland’s Ben Betts on the attack Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Doncaster Knights released a statement last week confirming they had agreed to let the prop end his contract with the club. Betts joined the club just last month, and had yet to feature for them.

In a statement on the club’s website, Head Coach Steve Boden said:

“It is disappointing to lose Ben for the upcoming season but we respect his decision and wish him every success for the future as he moves away from full time professional rugby.”

Steve Boden [via drfc.co.uk]

Betts, who was born in Limerick, played five times for Ireland’s U20’s side, including in their famous 33-24 triumph over New Zealand in the 2016 Junior World Cup.

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