Shoulder injury could end Alan Jacobsen’s career

Allan Jacobsen. Picture: Steven Scott (
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Scottish rugby legend Allan Jacobsen confirmed today that his rugby career might be at a crossroads after damaging a shoulder after a handful of league matches into the season with Watsonians.

The 65-times capped prop, known throughout rugby as “Chunk”, retired from the Edinburgh professional team at the end of last season.

However, plans to continue at National League level have been jeopardised, although Chunk, 35, refuses to call time just yet.

“When I got my shoulder checked out I discovered I’d done some serious damage which might need surgery but could also be fixed by extensive rehab,” he said today.

Jacobsen set up his own plumbing business over the summer and says this is a factor influencing his decision.

“Whether I can take time away from work to have the op is something I have to weigh up against the risk of hurting my shoulder more by returning rehab.

“I enjoyed three pre-season matches followed by the opening league games with Watsonians and I would really love to get back.

“I know you can be a long time retired so I’m not going to rush into any decision on my rugby future.”

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