Courtney Lawes: England flanker to retire at finish of World Cup

Courtney Lawes takes the ball from a line-out against South Africa
Lawes captained his nation in his a hundredth worldwide – a World Cup warm-up towards Fiji in August

Vice-captain Courtney Lawes will retire from England obligation on the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup.

The 34-year-old has performed in 4 World Cups and two British and Irish Lions excursions and is one in all solely 5 Englishmen to be capped 100 occasions.

His bid to complete on a excessive with coach Steve Borthwick's facet ended towards South Africa in Saturday's semi-final.

“I believe it is time. I've finished 4 World Cups, so I am fairly proud of that,” he stated.

“I have not instructed Steve but! However I'll let him know.

“It is a bit of an finish of an period, but it surely's been an actual honour for me to characterize England for therefore lengthy. It flies by.

“I am happy with the journey I have been on. To have the ability to end with this group, it is one thing I am going to treasure ceaselessly.”

Lawes, who has made 105 worldwide appearances throughout 15 years, may play his closing recreation in Friday's bronze-medal match Argentina.

He made his England debut towards Australia in 2009 when Borthwick was group captain.

The flanker was a crushed finalist towards the Springboks in 2019 and in addition performed within the 2011 and 2015 tournaments, along with representing the Lions in 2017 and 2021.

He believes England have a vibrant future and is decided to log off at worldwide degree, though he'll proceed to play at at membership degree for Northampton, by serving to the group end third.

“We confirmed to everybody what it means to play for this group,” he stated. “Play to your nation and the boys alongside you.

“I believe folks can see now what a very good coach he's – and the place this group can actually go.

“We wish to end on a excessive. It is essential for us to complete correctly and ship us all off on a very good win.”

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