NOTTINGHAM hooker Joe Duffey has announced the he
will retire from professional rugby at the end of the
MOVING ON: Hooker
Joe Duffey will retire from professional rugby at the end of the
Duffey, who has played more than 200 games over three spells
with Nottingham, will return home to New Zealand with his young
family as he turns his attention to life after the game.
And the 30-year-old intends to go out on a high, with the Meadow
Lane club making it through to the play-off semi-finals for the
first time in their history. Nottingham guaranteed themselves
second place in the RFU Championship and their highest league
finish in 21 years after their win against the Cornish Pirates on
"I have some of the biggest games in my time with Nottingham
still to look forward to," Duffey said.
"I'd like to be part of two sides that have won promotion and
I'm determined to go out on a high note.
"Nottingham is a home away from home for my family, this is
where my little boy was born so the city means a lot to me.
"My time with the club has been fantastic on and off the field
from Ireland Avenue to Meadow Lane.
"All the people involved with Nottingham Rugby, all the fans
that support this club, have helped create so many great memories
and I'm sure there are more to come."
Duffey said the choice to return to New Zealand was an emotional
one, having spent more than a decade, on and off, with the East
"I'm getting a bit older and have to start thinking about what
to do after I hang my boots up permanently, so I reached the
decision to go back to New Zealand to spend time with family and to
start building towards getting a real job," Duffey said.
"The Provincial competition in New Zealand is amateur so there
is a chance to continue to play while also taking a day job, which
is ideal for me as I try find my feet out there again. I was a year
through a building apprenticeship when rugby took off for me, so
I'll probably try and catch back up on that."