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Tait forced to retire

26th February 2019, 15:30 by Tom Hill

Ex-England centre Mathew Tait has revealed he has been forced to retire from rugby union due to an Achilles problem.

The Leicester Tigers star was the last member of England's starting XV from the 2007 World Cup final defeat by South Africa still playing.

The 33-year-old, who started his career with Newcastle, also played for Sale before joining the Tigers in 2011, winning the Premiership title with the Welford Road outfit in 2013.

His last game came against the Sharks last season, Tait revealing the injury to his Achilles has eventually proven too hard to overcome.

He told the Leicester official website: "It isn't how I planned to finish up, this ongoing problem with my Achilles has caught up with me and, on the advice of people much more in the know than me, it's the right time to call it quits.

"I've been so fortunate to achieve many things in the game and it's hard to pinpoint one highlight, let alone a few, but obviously being able to win the Premiership with Tigers stands out, as well representing my country and, of course, playing in a World Cup Final.

"I owe a lot to a lot of people who have made it possible for me to live out my dream and I thank every one of those people who have played a role from my school days, through Newcastle and Sale, England and, of course, here at Tigers."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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