Statement: Harlequins' Brown announces second retirement - Ruck

Statement: Harlequins’ Brown announces second retirement

Former England prop Shaunagh Brown has announced her retirement from rugby for the second time.

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The 34-year-old first retired in December 2022 but returned to play for Harlequins this season.

Brown earned 30 caps for the Red Roses between 2017 and 2022.

Harlequins announced on their X account that Brown will retire from all rugby at the end of the season.

The club also confirmed that former England centre Rachael Burford will retire at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old World Cup winner, who earned 84 international caps between 2006 and 2019, signed her “final contract” with Harlequins in November.

“As I step into the next chapter of my life, I do so with a heart full of treasured memories and immense gratitude,” Burford wrote in an open letter, external to Quins fans.

“Though I will no longer be on the field I will always be a Harlequin at heart, cheering for the team and supporting the sport I love in every possible way.”