Former England rugby league forward Rob Purdham retires

Rob Purdham
Purdham represented England at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup

Former England and Harlequins utility player Rob Purdham has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 31, on medical advice.

Purdham, who made 264 club appearances, played in Super League with the London Broncos and Harlequins franchises, and won 12 caps for the England squad.

"I am sad to announce that I am retiring from all professional rugby due to medical advice," Purdham said.

"I have enjoyed every minute of being a professional player."

Egremont-born Purdham played at half-back, loose-forward and centre during spells with Whitehaven, Broncos and Quins RL.

His service with the London-based franchise earned him a testimonial year in 2011, and followed a confirmation that he would bow out of the capital at the end of the season.

He made 19 appearances in his final year at the Stoop, scoring two tries.

"My 10 years in London will live with me forever. I have met and played with some very special people over the years and feel very privileged to have done so.

"I wish London Broncos all the best for the future."

As well as representing England, Purdham was also captain of a Cumbria representative side assembled to face the national team at Whitehaven, in the wake of the death of his brother Garry in the Cumbrian shootings of June 2010.

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