Briers to end Wales career
Veteran half-back to take up role on national team's coaching staff
Last Updated: November 11, 2011 11:25am
Lee Briers: Will win his 23rd and final international cap against Australia on Sunday
Wales captain Lee Briers has announced he will retire from international action after Sunday's Four Nations match against Australia.
The talismanic Warrington half-back, 33, is set to win his 23rd and final cap when he lines up against the Kangaroos in Wrexham before joining Iestyn Harris' coaching team.
Briers had previously ended his Wales career in 2007 after his side failed to qualify for the 2008 World Cup, only to be tempted back last year.
He led the team to glory in the 2010 European Cup, resulting in qualification for this year's Four Nations, but insists he will not be tempted to stay around for the 2013 World Cup.
"It has always meant something very special to me to represent my country and I felt honoured to have led Wales in this 2011 Gillette Four Nations campaign," Briers said in a statement.
"But there comes a time in your international career when you realise that it's difficult to keep putting yourself out there.
"It's been a really tough decision because of the pleasure I've had, but sometimes you've just got to realise that it's time for the next generation.
"What Wales have achieved has been remarkable given the resources they have and a huge amount of credit must go to Iestyn on the coaching side and Mark Rowley behind the scenes and I'm really pleased to have been asked to be part of that set up on the coaching front going forward."
Wales boss Harris was quick to pay tribute to his skipper who needs to kick at least one goal against Australia to give him 100 points for his country.
"Lee's played against Australia a few times in his career and it's a fitting tribute to what he's done for Wales Rugby League to finish against arguably the best team in the world and the team that everybody wants the opportunity to play against," he said.
"To finish his Welsh career on this sort of a high, whatever the result, is certainly a good send off for him and I think the players will embrace that and look to put in a good performance, not only for Wales and themselves, but in respect of Lee who has been captain for the last two years and a very high performer for us for over 10 years."