Young forced into retirement?

Australia’s most experienced prop Bill Young may have to quit the game because of a serious neck injury.

Young, who Springbok coach Jake White famously said would not make the Stellenbosch 7th team last year, has been out of action since the Vodacom Super 14.

Young, like South Africa’s Schalk Burger, may require surgery to repair the damage. If that happens, and considering his age, he may never play again.

“At this stage, it’s probably highly unlikely I’ll play again,” 31-year-old Young told the Canberra Times newspaper.

“I’m just weighing up my options and I’ll wait until I talk with the ARU (Australian Rugby Union) before I make any final decision.”

He said he planned to meet ARU officials this week to determine whether his injury was career-ending. Young, the Wallabies’ second-most capped loosehead prop with 46 internationals, has been troubled by the chronic neck injury this year.

He sought a third and final doctor’s opinion this week after experiencing numbness in his left hand and arm. “I’ve got problems that need fixing in my neck and if I don’t then I could end up with some permanent disability in my left hand,” he said.

“That’s their (doctors’) concern. They’re obviously very cautious and very concerned about my health.”