Callum Braley has today announced his retirement from international rugby with Italy with immediate effect to focus on playing his Club rugby with Northampton.
The 28-year-old scrum-half earned 15 caps in total for Italy between 2019 and 2022, starting his final Test last month as the Azzurri recorded an historic Six Nations victory in Wales, and makes the switch to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens this summer from Benetton Rugby.
“My experience over in Italy has been fantastic and I feel like I have grown as a person and a player, but I am ready for a return to England and to challenge for silverware with Saints,” Braley said upon signing for the Club.
“Northampton players are encouraged to express themselves on the field and I love the way the team plays.
“It’s clear to me there’s a great environment to develop as a player at Franklin’s Gardens, and there are exciting times ahead with the coaching group that has been put in place for next season.
“My teammates and all the staff of the Italian national team have contributed significantly to my growth, on and off the pitch.
“I will always be grateful to everyone for the support that has been given to me, and I will be supporting them with the same passion – even if at a distance – for all of Italy’s Test matches in future.”