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Phil Vickery announces retirement from rugby

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Published: 28th Oct 2010 12:26:08

England World Cup winner Phil Vickery has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old prop has overcome a number of serious injuries throughout his career but doctors advised him against playing again after suffering his latest neck problem.

Vickery, who was a central part of the team which brought home the Webb Ellis trophy in 2003, admitted that he took the decision with a mixture of sadness and pride.

"I've been lying in bed at night thinking what to do and what's right - but think I've made the right decision and it's a decision I'm happy with," he told Sky Sports News.

"The more I look back and think about it the more I think what I've done is fantastic. I'm not finishing because I don't want it anymore. It's just enough's enough."

Vickery now seems likely to fill a coaching or ambassadorial role with his club Wasps, who stood by him during his struggles with injury after arriving from Gloucester in 2006.

The 'Raging Bull' played his last competitive game against the Cherry and Whites on September 25th but will no doubt be remembered fondly at Adams Park.

He helped Wasps win the Heineken Cup in May 2007 and a Premiership title the following year, while also being named England captain by Brian Ashton.

Vickery led England to an unexpected appearance in the final of the 2007 World Cup, where they narrowly lost out to South Africa.

The Cornishman picked up 73 caps for his country in total, while also making five appearances across two Lions tours, to Australia in 2001 and South Africa last year.

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