Briers quits Wales scene
Warrington stand-off retires from international game
Last Updated: 23/06/08 4:35pm
Briers: called time on Wales
Wales stand-off Lee Briers has announced his retirement from international rugby league.
"I've loved every minute."
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Briers, 30, follows the example of Keiron Cunningham and Iestyn Harris in hanging up his international boots in order to spend more time with his family.
"I still consider myself Welsh through and through but unfortunately the time as come for me to quit the international scene," Briers told Rugby League World magazine, which is published on Friday.
"I've put my heart and soul into my Welsh career but I feel that I have to sacrifice something and this is it.
"I've loved every minute. When I was little, if someone had said to me that I'd have got to play in a World Cup semi-final against the Aussies in a side that was winning for so long, I wouldn't have believed them."
The Warrington player made his debut for Wales against England at Widnes in 1998 and won his 18th cap in an 18-16 win over Scotland in a World Cup qualifier in Glasgow last November, which was not quite enough to take them through to the 10-team tournament later this year.