BREAKING: England lock confirms he'll retire at the end of the season - Ruck

BREAKING: England lock confirms he’ll retire at the end of the season

Bath Rugby lock Dave Attwood will retire from professional rugby at the end of the 2022/23 season.

The 36-year-old has had a fantastic 18-year career which has seen him amass over 350 senior appearances, the majority of which have been in Blue, Black and White.

Post-retirement, Attwood is planning to swim the English Channel for Aspire because, as he puts it, ‘it’s important to get out of our comfort zone’!

“I’m no stranger to putting my face in uncomfortable places… but this is usually between the sweaty backsides of some front row forwards! The chilly waters of the English Channel will be an entirely new uncomfortable experience.

“I will be swimming across the English Channel (approximately 22 Miles) in a relay with a couple of friends. This will entail hour long bouts of swimming in the frigid waters until we reach the other side wearing nothing but speedos and a pair of goggles.

“We will be doing this to help raise money for Aspire and all the amazing things that they do in order to support the lives of people with spinal cord injuries.” 

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Dave Attwood’s England career fell apart after Owen Farrell beef turned nasty

England fly-half Owen Farrell is never afraid of sharing an opinion or two – especially when it’s about someone he doesn’t particularly like.

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Former England lock Attwood has opened up on the latest RugbyPass Offload about his ongoing rivalry with Owen Farrell.

The Bath lock won the last of his 24 caps for England back in 2016, which could have a lot to do with his relationship with the current England captain.

He revealed: “On the pitch, I struggle a lot with Owen Farrell. We just don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things,

“He hates me with a passion. Despite my earthy roots, he thinks I am a posh c***. He hates that. I bagged rugby league once jovially. I was saying it to take the piss kind of thing, ‘a bloody sport for the peasants’. He f**kin’ hated it.”

“He had a bit of a shout at me and went off to the toilet and I followed him.

“We all had a drink or two after the game but we didn’t need to get carried away with this. I was in the urinal behind the door and he was three or four down and as I got in his dad walked in as well, he was coaching at the time. He was, ‘I don’t want to fuckin’ hear it’ or something like that and as he walked out he went to open the door and slam it into the back of me. There was like a stop on the floor so it hit the stop and almost clocked him back…

“We never really addressed it after that. That was where it started and it was like a drunken little bit of argy that went too far. He is an incredibly competitive athlete and he is also very f**kin’ good, he has got high standards. He is a very competitive athlete and in order to be that good, you have to flirt on the wrong side of competitive.

“So whenever we play each other there is always some element in the game where one of us is running at the other one or we are trying to bang each other. There always seems to be an element of that to it. I am sure he is like, I don’t even know that Dave is playing.”