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Wed Apr 23 21:40:56 SAST 2014

Newby forced to hang up his boots

TEAMtalk Media | 11 September, 2012 10:390 Comments
Craig Newby of Leicester is tackled by Charlie Hodgson (L) and Jackson Wray of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership semifinal at Welford Road on May 12, 2012 in Leicester, England
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Leicester Tigers loose forward Craig Newby has announced his retirement from professional rugby due to injury.

Newby, who has three caps for New Zealand, played 84 games for the Tigers since his arrival at Welford Road in 2008.

The 33-year-old ended last season with a stand-out performance in the Aviva Premiership semi-final win over Saracens, but has now been advised to retire due to an injury to his knee.

"Coming to Leicester Tigers has been a great experience and I have a lot of good memories from playing for the club," said Newby.

"We've been involved in a lot of big games, the semi-finals and finals in the Premiership and in the cup competitions. There have been a lot of highlights.

"Outside the rugby, the thing that stands out for me is that, although the club is a big business, it is also like a big family and everyone is very welcoming."

Newby marked his Leicester debut against Sale Sharks in October 2008 by drop-kicking a conversion of a last-minute try by back-row colleague Brett Deacon, and was also successful in the historic shoot-out in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final against Cardiff Blues at the Millennium Stadium.

He also scored three tries for the club.

The New Zealander was part of Leicester's Premiership-winning squads of 2009 and 2010, started the Heineken Cup final against Leinster in 2009 and collected an LV= Cup winner's medal in 2012. He also captained the team at the 2011 Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham.

"I've made some good mates in England. I love living here and that is something I want to continue to do," he said.

"I would like to stay in rugby in some capacity, and coaching does appeal to me.

"I've worked with a lot of good coaches and top-class players in my rugby career, and I would like to think I've picked up a knowledge of the game that I would like to pass on in a coaching capacity somewhere."

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