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England forward Nick Easter retires
July 29, 2016 / 8:41 AM / a year ago

England forward Nick Easter retires

Rugby Union - England Training - Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey - 29/9/15 England's Nick Easter during training Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne

LONDON (Reuters) - England forward Nick Easter has retired from rugby union at the age of 37, his club Harlequins announced on Friday.

He will take up a coaching role with Harlequins, three months after becoming a player-coach.

“I realised that whether I‘m playing or coaching, there was no possible way that I would be able to give 100 per cent to both of my roles at the same time,” he told the club’s website (

“I thought, why not grab the opportunity of becoming a coach with both hands, give it my best shot and feel privileged to be in a position to go out on my own terms after 12 great years as a player for Harlequins.”

Easter won the first of his 54 England caps in 2007, playing in the World Cup final that year.

In 2015 he returned to international rugby after a four-year absence, scoring three tries against Uruguay in a World Cup match.

That made him the oldest hat-trick scorer in test matches.

Reporting by Steve Tongue

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