Simpson quits rugby
COFFS Harbour's classy former NSW Country representative centre Kevin Simpson has stunned rugby union circles by announcing an immediate retirement from the game.
Simpson's decision came after taking ill following the Crushers' 31-5 defeat of Port Pirates on Saturday.
Simpson was named player of the match following a superb midfield defensive display against last year's Upper Mid North Coast premiers but required hospitalisation upon returning to his home.
MNC executive officer Desmond Hoy was saddened by the announcement but added that he had nothing but praise for Simpson.
“Kevvy was an ornament to the game,” he said.
“He will be a major loss to rugby. His retirement comes as a shock to everyone.”
Simpson was to play for Upper MNC against Lower MNC for the Abigroup Cup on Saturday at Tuncurry's Harry Elliott Oval in the Great Lakes.