Wallaby utility back Elton Flatley has retired from all levels of rugby after losing his battle with ongoing head problems.
Flatley announced on Thursday that after medical advice about his continued problems with blurred vision, he had decided to make the tough decision to walk away from the game.
Flatley played 38 Tests for the Wallabies, 85 Super Rugby games for the Reds and earned more than 100 caps for Queensland. He has been lauded by leading figures in the game for his enormous contribution to Aus rugger.
ARU CEO Gary Flowers praised Flatley for his achievements.
“Elton is an extremely talented player who has made a strong contribution to the success of the Wallabies, and his premature retirement is a great loss to the game in Australia,” he said. “Well liked and respected by all who have played with him and against him, Flatley established himself as one of the class inside backs in world.
“Elton has received ongoing advice from specialists in Melbourne and Brisbane in recent times, and the most important thing is that he has not suffered any long-term or permanent injury,” said Flowers.
Flatley played his last match a week ago against the Force in Brisbane. He was substituted early on and seemed reluctant to take contact. This was in contrast to the way he has always played his game and it is obvious he had taken another knock to the head during the game.