London Irish loses back row and winger to retirement
London Irish backrow Tom Guest has announced his decision to retire from professional rugby after a glittering 14-year playing career.
Guest, 31, made the switch to Irish in 2014 following 12 seasons with Harlequins where he lifted the European Rugby Challenge Cup, Aviva Premiership and LV= Cup titles.
Amassing more than 200 appearances for the Twickenham Stoop outfit, Guest crossed the whitewash three times during 30 outings for the Exiles. The experienced campaigner, who has represented England Saxons, admits his decision to retire from professional rugby was a difficult one to make.
“There are a lot of experiences that will live long in my memory, and I am grateful to have played rugby at the highest level for many years,” said Guest.
He added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with London Irish during my two years with the Club. “It is a Club that is steeped in history and tradition and I am sure it is only a matter of time before Irish realise its ambitions.”
Head of Rugby Operations at London Irish, Glenn Delaney said: “I speak on behalf of everyone at the Club in wishing Tom and his family all the very best for the future. “Tom has had a magnificent playing career, a career that he should be hugely proud of and we have enjoyed having him at the Club.”
London Irish winger Andrew Fenby has also retired from professional rugby, the Club can confirm. A qualified chartered accountant, the 30-year-old has now set his sights on pursuing a career in the City following an illustrious career that has spanned 12 seasons.
Racking up 126 tries in 214 games during his career, Fenby joined the Exiles from Scarlets in 2013 and would go on to become a firm favourite amongst supporters. Impressive season Plying his trade for Blaydon, Newcastle and Scarlets prior to his move to the Exiles, Fenby has crossed the whitewash 28 times in 61 appearances for the Club.
Fenby underlined his credentials as a lethal finisher by being the Club’s top try scorer during his first campaign with Irish, setting the tone for an impressive season the following year. His pace, power and elusive running game was a key factor in the Exiles’ run to the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup in the 2014-15 season.
“I have really enjoyed my time with London Irish and it is with a heavy heart that I have come to make this decision and pursue a new opportunity,” said the former Newcastle University student. “London Irish have fantastic facilities and there is an infrastructure in place that should allow the Club to make an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership and realise its ambitions in years to come” added Fenby.
Head of Rugby Operations Glenn Delaney said: “Andrew has been a great professional throughout his time with the Club and we would like to send our best wishes to him and his family.
“He has a fantastic opportunity in the City and I’m sure he will have a successful career post rugby.”