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Baz Johnson29 May - 09:19
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Club character and fearless back row forward announces his retirement

His “never say die” attitude during the game meant he was always at the coal face
- Steve Lloyd

Club character and fearless back row forward Lewis Beer has made the tough decision to retire from the sport and the club he loves.

Lewis said "I first started playing at around 10 for Chipping Sodbury Rugby Football Club where I fell in love with the game.
Playing in the backs then, I was hungry to progress and test myself at a higher level.
"Moving to Old Redcliffians RFC, Clifton RFC then onto @lydney_rfc through my younger years, finally transitioning to the back row and joining Cleve RFC, then Cinderford RFC but finally ending up here at Dings.
"Whilst I often get stick for having more clubs than Tiger Woods, I don't regret a thing in my rugby journey, having made so many friends in the combination and beyond, along with some incredible experiences. That is what is so truly great about our game.
"My time at Dings, although short, has been fantastic. From the crowd on a Saturday, to the facilities and of course the lifelong friendships I will take away with me.
"I'm now looking forward to watching as much as I can, it's been a pleasure x"

Our Chairman stated;

Lewis Bartholomew Beer

“Sad news for all supporters of the Dings Crusaders RFC in that Lewis has had to hang his cape up, finally succumbing to a back injury that has curtailed his appearances this last season & not being being able or fit enough to make a single appearance this season.
“It was a hard spot to fill as Lewis` enthusiasm not only on the pitch but also off the pitch made him an invaluable member of the squad over the last 3 seasons.
His “never say die” attitude during the game meant he was always at the coal face, a testament to his skills and also proving to be a tough nut to crack . The way Lewis applied himself last season when we finally put a dent in the eventual league winners Leicester Lions away, showed more than ever his desire to play to the highest standards.

“All of you that know Lewis will provide testament to his attitude, as when playing for Cinderford he suffered a near career ending injury to his leg & ankle. It was some 2 years in rehab when he finally made the change to Shaftesbury Park and i would like to think the past 3 seasons provided him some of his best memories from the game.

“Lewis will undoubtedly be missed on the field of play, but hopefully you will see him in the clubhouse next season.
I know that he is terribly disappointed not to be able to add to his tally of Division 1 games.

“All at Dings Rugby wish Lewis a speedy and recovery at least to play and carry out the other sports he enjoys so much”.

Steve Lloyd.

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