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London Irish forward George Skivington has been forced to retire because of injury.

London Irish lock George Skivington announces retirement

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London Irish lock George Skivington has retired from rugby with immediate effect due to a shoulder injury.

The 33-year-old joined Irish from Leicester in 2012, while he also enjoyed a long and successful spell with Wasps, during which time he was part of four Premiership title-winning squads and two victorious Heineken Cup campaigns.

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Skivington, who also represented England Saxons, was London Irish captain before injury laid him low early last season.

In a statement released by Irish, Skivington said: " I would like to say thank you to all those who have supported me throughout my playing career.

" Wasps, Leicester and London Irish have all been great environments in which to play my rugby, and each club has been a unique experience.

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"I have been proud to captain London Irish during the last three seasons, and I know the club is in good shape to return to the Premiership at the first time of asking."

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