After a remarkable 15-year international career, Courtney Lawes, the seasoned England rugby player, has announced his retirement from Test rugby, effective after the third-place playoff at this weekend’s Rugby World Cup.
Lawes has been a stalwart in the England team, amassing over 100 appearances and representing his country in four World Cups.
His outstanding performances for both club and country also earned him the privilege of participating in two British & Irish Lions tours during his Test career.
Lawes said: “I haven’t told Steve yet! But I will let him know.
“I’ve said to the boys, anyone that’s asked. I think it’s time. I’ve done four World Cups, so I’m pretty happy with that.
“It’s a bit of an end of an era, but it’s been a real honour for me to represent England for so long. It flies by.
“I’m proud of the journey I’ve been on. It’s not always been the ups. Plenty of downs in there, but I’ve pushed through.
“I’m not an emotional person really, but it’s just been a huge honour for me.
“To be able to finish with this group, it’s something I’ll treasure forever.”
He added: “We showed to everyone what it means to play for this team,
“I think people can see now what a good coach he is – and where this team can really go.
“We want to finish on a high. It’s important for us to finish properly and send us all off on a good win.
“The kids are at that age where they need their dad around,” he said.
“It will be good to be with them more, to provide some well-needed structure to the mob.
“As hard as it is being away from your family, you almost have another family.
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