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Iain Balshaw announces retirement from rugby

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Former England international Iain Balshaw has announced that he has called time on his illustrious playing career.

The 35-year old was part of the England squad that famously won the World Cup in 2003 thanks to Jonny Wilkinson's dramatic drop-goal in the dying minutes of the final.

His decision means Mike Tindall is the only member of that team who is still currently playing competitive rugby.

Injury woes 

Balshaw has been recovering from an injury sustained whilst playing for Biarritz in France and he has endured a prolonged period of rehab to recover from a persistent knee problem.

This prompted him to announce his retirement on Twitter and he said: "After 16 months of unsuccessful rehab it is finally time to call it a day."

Experienced campaigner

The full-back has played for numerous clubs both in England and on the continent, including Leeds, Gloucester, Bath and Biarritz.

He told reporters: "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."

Balshaw also earned three Test caps for the British and Irish Lions on the 2001 tour to Australia.

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