World Cup winner Ali Williams has announced his international retirement

Last Updated: 24/05/13 7:49am

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Ali Williams faces the press to announce his international retirement

Ali Williams faces the press to announce his international retirement

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New Zealand lock Ali Williams has called time on his international career.

The 32-year-old won 77 caps over 11 years, making his debut against England at Twickenham in 2002.

Williams, who fought his way back from serious injury to help the All Blacks win the World Cup in 2011, will now focus on his club career.

"Guys, I just want to let you know first that I'm retiring from international rugby. I'm hanging up the black jersey," the Blues captain posted on Twitter.

"It's been an amazing 10 years but it's time to call it quits. But I'm not hanging up the boots yet."

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had named Williams as one of five locks in his training squad ahead of the three-Test tour by France.

However Hansen has praised Williams for making the decision to step aside.

"By retiring he is doing what's best for the All Blacks and showing a tremendous amount of integrity by putting the team ahead of himself," he said.

"It took a lot of courage to come back to top flight rugby and that is a measure of the man and shows just how much he loves the game."

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