PA Sport - Thu, 24 Jun 21:16:00 2010
Former London Irish and Newcastle wing John Rudd has retired from rugby to take up a career in the City.
The 29-year-old joined the Exiles on a six-week contract in October, but impressed enough to secure a deal to take him through to the end of the season.
The powerful three-quarter, capped by the England Saxons, was part of the Wasps squad that won the Premiership and Heineken Cup double in 2004 before moving on to spend two seasons with Northampton.
He then moved to join the Falcons, leaving after three seasons at Kingston Park last summer.
He said: "I have been very lucky to have spent the last 10 years playing professional rugby and have played for some excellent clubs during that time.
"Playing for the England Saxons, and the Heineken Cup and league winning season with Wasps, were just two of a number of career highlights and I will always be grateful to London Irish for the opportunities and enjoyment I experienced in my final season as a rugby player.
"I wish Toby (Booth) and the squad every success in the future.
"Although I feel I still had some good rugby years ahead of me, the time is now right for me to pursue an exciting new chapter in my life and I am fortunate to be finishing my career with no major injuries and a host of lifelong friends from the sport."