Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Cueto to retire in 2014

Mark Cueto, left, will call time on his career in 2014

Mark Cueto has confirmed he will retire at the end of the forthcoming season.

The Sale and former England winger is preparing for his 13th season with the Sharks, and it will be his last.

Cueto, who won 55 caps, scoring 20 tries, was famously denied a try in the 2007 World Cup final defeat against South Africa, and also featured for the British and Irish Lions on their 2005 tour of New Zealand.

At club level, he won the 2006 Premiership title with Sale and last season became the competition's record try-scorer.

And the 33-year-old hopes to add a few more to his try tally of 78 and help the Sharks to a top-six finish.

"I want to score a few more tries, I know Tom Varndell is closing in on my tally," he said.

"I would hate us to be involved in another relegation scrap like last season, we need to get off to a good start this time and hopefully we can finish in the top half of the Premiership and qualify for the Heineken Cup again."

Cueto also ranks winning the Premiership title back in 2006 as the highlight of his club career.

"Winning the Premiership in 2006 was undoubtedly the best moment for me at club level," he said. "Playing in a World Cup final ranks high too, and yes it was a try!

"Playing for the Lions in New Zealand was a great achievement too. I only got a late call after Iain Balshaw pulled out, so to make the starting 15 in a Test was special."

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