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Gloucester lock Ed Slater diagnosed with motor neurone disease, retires from rugby effective immediately | Rugby Union News


A statement from Gloucester read: “Ed has made the difficult decision to retire from professional rugby. Everyone at Gloucester Rugby is fully committed to supporting Ed, his wife Jo and his three children in any way necessary.”

Last update: 07/21/22 3:30 p.m.

Gloucester lock Ed Slater has retired from rugby with immediate effect after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease

Gloucester lock Ed Slater has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease and has retired from rugby with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old, who joined Gloucester from Leicester in 2017, has represented the England Saxons four times in his career.

MND is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and nerves.

Gloucester revealed in a statement that Slater had been undergoing testing for six months and had now opened a JustGiving page.

The statement read: “Gloucester Rugby is deeply saddened to announce that Ed Slater has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

“After six months of testing, Ed’s diagnosis was confirmed last week and as a result, with the support of family, friends and Gloucester Rugby, he has made the difficult decision to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.

“Everyone at Gloucester Rugby – players, management and staff – is fully committed to supporting Ed, his wife Jo and his three children in any way necessary.

“We know the same will be true for Gloucester and Leicester fans, and the wider rugby community.

“While Ed, his family and the club take the time to determine next steps, Gloucester Rugby has opened a JustGiving page.

“The direction of these funds will be determined in due course, whether to directly support Ed and his family and/or a selected MND charity.

“Neither the club nor the Slater family will comment further at this time and kindly request that these wishes be respected.”

Slater made three appearances for Gloucester in the Premiership last season, most recently in January, and played 78 top-flight games in total for the Cherry and Whites.

During his seven-year spell at Leicester, he won the Premiership title once, in the 2012/13 campaign, and captained the Tigers for two seasons.

Slater began his career with Australian side Eastern Suburbs and had a spell with Nottingham in the Championship before joining Leicester in 2010.




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