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Chuter announces retirement

Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter has announced his retirement from rugby.

The 37-year-old was the first man to make 250 Premiership appearances and played in the Rugby World Cup final with England in 2007.

He has made 292 appearances for Leicester over 13 seasons.

"I've not really been able to sit back and reflect until now," said Chuter, who began his career with Saracens.

"Now I can finally get a bit of perspective and think about how long I've played the game, how many matches and how many training sessions I've been involved in.

"To play nearly 300 games for Leicester and 100 for Saracens before that, plus 40 for England at various levels, gives me great pride.

Challenges

"I get great satisfaction, too, from the knowledge that I've turned up for work every day and tried to get better and tried to help my team-mates get better too.

"A lot of guys move around to find fresh challenges but I've always had my challenges here. Every day has been a challenge and that has kept me fresh and eager for so many years."

Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill added: "George has been a great servant of the club, and of professional rugby, for a long time. He has played in some very successful teams and enjoyed many great days with this club.

"He is a popular guy in the squad and with supporters, but first and foremost he has been an outstanding professional and a quality player.

"We wish him well in whatever the future brings and he will always be welcome at Welford Road."