England rugby player Steve Borthwick has announced his retirement from international rugby following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup. The 30-year-old lock made the decision after England’s disappointing campaign in New Zealand, where they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by France.
Borthwick, who has earned 57 caps for his country, made his international debut back in 2001 against France. He went on to become one of the most capped players in English rugby history, captaining the national team on several occasions.
In a statement released by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Borthwick expressed his gratitude for the opportunities he had been given and thanked his teammates, coaches, and fans for their support throughout his career. He also acknowledged the disappointment of England’s World Cup exit but emphasized his belief in the potential of the team moving forward.
Borthwick’s retirement comes as no surprise to many, as he had previously hinted at the possibility during the tournament. However, it marks the end of an era for the experienced lock, who has been a key figure in England’s set-piece play and lineout strategy.
The 6ft 6in forward began his club career with Bath Rugby, where he spent 10 successful seasons before joining Saracens in 2008. At Saracens, Borthwick enjoyed further success, winning multiple domestic and European titles, including three Premiership titles.
Despite his retirement from international rugby, Borthwick is expected to continue playing for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership. His experience and leadership qualities will undoubtedly be valuable assets for the club.
As England looks to rebuild and move forward after their disappointing World Cup campaign, Borthwick’s retirement represents the end of an era for the national team. His contributions on and off the field will be remembered, and his absence will undoubtedly be felt.