Premiership - Worsley ends rugby career
Wasps and England flanker Joe Worsley has announced his retirement from all rugby due to a neck injury.
The 34-year-old has been with Wasps since the age of 16, and also represented England on 78 occasions, playing a part in the successful World Cup campaign of 2003.
“Last season I suffered an injury to my neck that has effectively ended my career," Worsley told the official Wasps website.
"Since March I have been following medical and rehab advice but it didn't help, and restarting contact work during the England World Cup Camp made it obvious that I could not continue.
"My life as a rugby player started at Welwyn under 9s and finished in an England training session - I want to say thanks to everyone who helped me on that path. I'm proud of what I achieved and how I played the game.”
London Wasps owner Steve Hayes led the tributes to the flanker.
“Joe is a real legend at this club and we are all very sad to see his playing days come to an end," Hayes said.
"He has been a fantastic servant to Wasps and played a huge role in much of the club’s success. He also was a superb representative on the international stage, becoming a key figure for England and inspiring many budding young players with his tenacious back-row play. He will leave big boots to fill."