England World Cup winner Iain Balshaw announces retirement from rugby

Last Updated: 14/07/14 2:39pm

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Iain Balshaw: forced to retire

Iain Balshaw: forced to retire

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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."

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