England World Cup winner Iain Balshaw announces retirement from rugby
Last Updated: 14/07/14 2:39pm
Iain Balshaw: forced to retire
England World Cup winner Iain Balshaw has announced his retirement from rugby.
The 35-year-old full-back, who came off the bench during the 2003 final against Australia, has been struggling with knee injuries for more than a year.
And his decision to quit means Mike Tindall is the last remaining member of the World Cup-winning squad still playing professionally.
Balshaw has spent the past five years in France with Biarritz and had spells in England with Bath, Leeds and Gloucester.
He said: "After 16 months of unsuccessful rehab it is finally time to call it a day,
"I would like to thank each and everyone of you, especially those at Bath, Leeds, Gloucester and Biarritz, who have played a part in the last 17 years.
"Through you I have had some amazing experiences, travelled the world and made some life-long friends and for that I am truly grateful."