Long serving Sale Sharks front row forward Eifion Lewis-Roberts has announced his retirement from the professional game.
Lewis-Roberts (nicknamed the Fridge by Jason Robinson) made his debut during the Premiership winning season in 2006 but has been forced to retire due to a knee injury that he picked up against Bristol last October
A veteran of over 200 games he has been one of the leading front row forwards in the Northern Hemisphere since making his debut against Newcastle Falcons. His consistent displays playing for Sharks did not go unrecognised and he won a Welsh international cap against Canada in 2008.
He also spent twelve months playing for Toulon under Philippe Saint Andre in 2012-2103 before returning to Sharks.
Lewis-Roberts, a model of consistency said, “It’s sad that I have had to admit defeat to this knee injury. I was enjoying my rugby as I always did in the game at Bristol and I made a tackle which caused the damage.”
Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “What a great servant Eifion has been for the club. He will be remembered for the 100% effort he put in each and every game. We are delighted that he will be attending all our home games as an Ambassador of the club.”