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James Forrester talks about his new life in Singapore

James Forrester
James Forrester scored 51 tries in 134 appearances for Gloucester

Former Gloucester Rugby player James Forrester is thoroughly enjoying a new life with his family in Singapore.

The 29-year-old was forced to retire in October 2008 after failing to fully recover from a knee injury.

Alongside his new job as an investment broker, James has been coaching a Singapore Premiership team called The Wanderers and even coached the national Singapore team in the Asian 5 Nations competition.

Reflecting on the end to his playing career, James said that he "just tried to be as positive and active" as he could.

"Of course it was a big blow," he added.

"I was very passionate about rugby - it was my dream while I was growing up so when it all ended it was a bit of a shock.

At the time, Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan said the game had "lost an enormous talent" and that we hadn't really seen "how good he could be".

Born on February 9, 1981
Scores a try on senior debut versus London Irish, April 2001
Scores for an England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham, May 2002
Scores try in Gloucester's Powergen Cup final victory over Northampton, April 2003
Wins first England cap as a replacement in Six Nations defeat by Wales, February 2005
Scores winning try as Gloucester beat London Irish in extra time to win the European Challenge Cup, May 2006
Ruptures anterior cruciate ligament joint in his knee playing against Bristol, April 2007
Forced to retire after failing to fully recover from injury, October 2008

He scored one of Gloucester's four tries in their 2003 Powergen Cup final win over Northampton, touched down for the extra-time winner in the 2006 European Challenge Cup final against London Irish and was pushing for a place in England's 2007 World Cup squad before his final injury.

James told Mark Cummings on the BBC Radio Gloucestershire breakfast show that he was fortunate that his wife was soon to give birth after he retired which gave him "a real focus and drive" to sort himself out.

"It made a big difference having a baby on the way", he said, "and I just decided to make the most of the opportunities that rugby had given me."

Asked if he was settled in Asia, James said: "I can see us here for another few years."

"The lifestyle's pretty nice out here - obviously the weather's great and there's fantastic holidays on your doorstep.

"We're an hour's flight from Thailand and Indonesia and even Perth's only a couple of hours away.

"It's a great life experience and I've made some really good friends here and I'm really enjoying the coaching role."

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10 Oct 08 |  Gloucester
Forrester suffers injury setback
24 Sep 08 |  Gloucester
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