Newcastle Falcons centre Alex Crockett retires from rugby

Alex Crockett

Newcastle Falcons centre Alex Crockett has retired after a 13-year professional rugby career.

Crockett, 32, started out with Bath in 2001 where he played in a Heineken Cup semi-final and won a European Challenge Cup winners' medal in 2008.

He ended a 10-year stay at the Rec with a move to Worcester in 2010, before moving to the Falcons in 2012.

"I was starting to struggle to get by week to week," Crockett told the Rugby Players Association website.external-link

"I think in the end it came down to an accumulation of picking up a lot of injuries throughout my career.

"When you feel like you can't contribute, it's probably time to call it a day."

Crockett only made one appearance from the replacements' bench for the Falcons this season.