Gloucester’s James Simpson-Daniel Calls It Quits


6603398-largeEngland and Gloucester back James Simpson-Daniel confirmed he has retired after he failed to sufficiently recover from his latest ankle injury.

The winger, who is 32, has been on the sidelines since November of last year after suffering a horrendous injury to his ankle during a fixture at Kingsholm versus the Newcastle Falcons.

Referred to affectionately as Sinbad by anyone connected with Gloucester, he fought bravely attempting to regain his complete fitness, but reluctantly was forced to call it quits.

Despite the terrible news, Simpson-Daniel would not dwell on the negatives when speaking to the club’s website.

He said when he received the doctor’s diagnosis they were not the words he wanted to hear, but he knows he gave it his all and wanted to give high praise to medical staff at Gloucester.

He says his decision to retire likely has not completely sunk in as of yet, but he has no complaints and has had a good trot.

He wished he would have won more hardware at Gloucester, but his memories are so many from the game that he could not ask for more.

He joined Gloucester while still a teenager just after completing school and quickly showed what he could do scoring a try in his debut in 2001 versus Rotherham.

Then he quickly started to attract a great deal of interest across the country with his talent. Anyone associated with English rugby will never forget his incredible score against the Barbarians after outfoxing Jonah Lomu.

He won ten England caps, with untimely injury and illness robbing him from what could have been dozens more.

In 14 seasons, he had more appearances in the Premiership for Gloucester than any other player, with 118 tries in 250 starts.

Many fans, players and management associated with Gloucester rugby have expressed regret at not being able to ever see the player again in competitive action.

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