Because of injuries, Toulouse Olympique’s New Zealand winger Latrell Schaumkel has decided to end his professional career, with immediate effect.
Schaumkel’s story in France began in 2019 when he joined the Léopards d’Aquitaine from Villeneuve-sur-Lot. He played 11 games there and scored 13 tries, finishing the season as top scorer of the French Championship Elite 1. He signed with Toulouse for the 2020-21 season and offered Sylvain Houles several possibilities thanks to his versatility on the back lines.
Latrell made his debut with Toulouse in 2021 against York. He took part in 11 games scoring 7 tries, including one in the Championship Grand Final against Featherstone Rovers securing the club’s historic first season in Super League.
In the 2022 Super League season he scored four tries in 10 games, including one at Magic Weekend during Toulouse’s win against Wakefield.
However, physical issues have prompted his decision to retire. He has only played two games in 2023, which has led him to end his professional career at 28 years old.
On the decision, he said: “I thank the staff and the club for giving me the opportunity to spend 3 unforgettable years. Both on and off the field I spent moments that will remain in my head, all the friendships I made here I will never forget them. The club, the fans and this city will hold a special place in my heart forever.”