Fava hangs up his boots

Former Wallabies flank Scott Fava has been forced into retirement after a serious back injury.

The 33-year-old was contracted with the Waratahs for 2010, but announced his retirement on Tuesday after failing to recover from a back injury he picked up in 2008.

‘It’s been really hard being on the sidelines for so long, working so hard to get back but not seeing much progress,’ Fava said. ‘Over the last few months it’s become clearer that I wont be able to get my body back to the point where it needs to be to play professional rugby.’

Fava earned five Test caps for the Wallabies and is the only player to represent all four Australian teams in Super Rugby.