Lance Hohaia St Helens half-back announces retirement from rugby league

St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia announced his retirement from rugby league due to recurrent post-match concussion-type symptoms.

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St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia announced his retirement from rugby league due to recurrent post-match concussion-type symptoms.

The 32-year-old said he was experiencing the symptoms again after the off-season, leading to his decision to retire.

Hohaia lasted just two minutes of last year's Super League grand final, which the Saints won, after being punched twice by Wigan prop Ben Fowler - who was banned for six months.

"I am currently seeking expert medical advice to understand any potential effects to my long-term health," he said in a statement to the BBC.

"However, in the meantime I would like to say that I am extremely grateful for the career I have had and the opportunity to play for my country and such prestigious clubs as St Helens and the NZ Warriors.

"I would also like to sincerely thank all those who have supported me throughout my career and during this difficult time."

Earlier, the club had announced Hohaia's retirement in a statement.

"St Helens announce that Lance Hohaia has informed us of his retirement from rugby league and will therefore not play for the club again," the statement read.

"Lance has been a valued and integral member of the squad for the last three-and-a-half years and we thank him for his service.

"We wish him and his family well in their life after rugby league with St Helens.

"St Helens will make no further comment on this matter."

Hohaia played for the Warriors in the NRL before his move to St Helens for the 2012 season, while he represented New Zealand 28 times.

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