Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Chuter calls time on playing career

Leicester hooker George Chuter has announced his retirement

Leicester hooker George Chuter has announced his retirement with immediate effect following 13 years with the Tigers and four at Saracens.

Chuter held the Aviva Premiership appearance record of 262 until that mark was eclipsed by Saracens captain Steve Borthwick in Sunday's 28-24 victory over Northampton.

The 37-year-old, whose contract was set to expire this summer, played 292 first-team games in 13 seasons at Leicester and participated in seven Premiership finals at Twickenham.

An England career spanning 24 caps peaked with an appearance in the 2007 World Cup final.

"I've not really been able to sit back and reflect until now," Chuter said.

"Now I can finally get a bit of perspective and think about how long I've played the game, how many matches and how many training sessions I've been involved in.

"To play nearly 300 games for Leicester and 100 for Saracens before that, plus 40 for England at various levels, gives me great pride.

"I get great satisfaction, too, from the knowledge that I've turned up for work every day and tried to get better and tried to help my team-mates get better too.

"It's not just about the rugby, it's being part of the group with some really good mates before and after training."

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