England international shares emotional post as he confirms retirement

Bristol Bears number eight and four-time Premiership winner Jordan Crane has now officially retired.

The 33-year-old – who won the last of three England caps in 2009 – will now transition into a coaching role for the 2020-21 campaign.

Crane joined the Bears from Leicester in 2016, leading them to promotion and a ninth-placed finish last term.

He wrote on Twitter: “Well it’s officially time to sign off and hang up my boots.

“It’s been some ride for 16 years I’ve achieved everything I could have dreamed of and more.

“Thankyou to all the clubs I’ve represented and all the boys I’ve played with. It’s been special.”

A number of former teammates have responded to the post:

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