Catt calls it quits

2007-10-28 16:39

London - Veteran England centre Mike Catt announced his retirement from international rugby in extracts from his autobiography published in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

Catt, 36, played in four Rugby World Cups for England and made 75 appearances for his country. He has two years left to run on his contract with his club side London Irish.

He said he decided to quit before England were defeated by South Africa 15-6 in the World Cup final earlier this month. Catt's appearance in the match was cut short by a calf injury.

"Shortly before leaving the changing room, we shook hands and embraced, knowing that it was the last time as England players that we would stand together in a huddle," he wrote.

"I had made up my mind it would be my last international.

"Others had come to the same decision. Nothing was said but everyone knew."

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