CHINNOR captain Caolan Ryan has retired due to ongoing concussion.

The first XV skipper called time on his career with immediate effect after struggling with the problem for the last two years.

Ryan, 30, has scored 152 points in 40 appearances since signing in 2018 but knows retirement is the right decision.

The fly-half said: “I had several concussions in the early part of my career as well, but the most recent ones have been taking longer and longer to clear up.

“Ongoing migraines have been stopping me from doing any form of exercise and are having a big impact on my life, so after some medical advice I’ve taken the decision for my ongoing health.

“Thinking about life after rugby, it’s probably wise to retire now rather than potentially do any further damage.”

Ryan stays on as assistant coach to the senior squad at Kingsey Road.

On the pitch, Chinnor will aim to avoid falling further down the National League 1 table when they visit Taunton Titans on Saturday.

The Thame-based side are eighth and only above their opponents on points difference.

In National 2 South, Henley Hawks are looking to bounce back from last weekend’s shock defeat to Rochford Hundred at Dings Crusaders.

There is a huge game in South West 1 East as leaders Oxford Quins welcome Bracknell, who sit third.

Just four points separate the teams, so an away win would see the Berkshire side leapfrog their hosts.

Second-placed Banbury Bulls will hope to capitalise as they embark on a tough trip to Trowbridge, in fifth.

Elsewhere, Grove host Frome and Witney go to Windsor.

Bicester are at Shipston on Stour in Southern Counties North, while Gosford All Blacks entertain High Wycombe and Wallingford welcome Milton Keynes.