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Former England star Mark Cueto handed MBE honour

Former England and British Lions winger Mark Cueto has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to rugby.

Cueto brought his illustrious 14-year playing career to a close in May after making his 303rd appearance for his last club, Sale Sharks.

Cueto, who remains the top try scorer in the history of the Aviva Premiership, insisted at the time he had no regrets and it was the right time to bow out.

He said: "There have been a few sleepless nights but, in terms of whether it's the right decision, 100 per cent it's the correct one."

Now 36, Cueto joined Sale in 2001 and played an integral role in the club being crowned Premiership champions for the first time at the end of the 2005/6 season.

He made his England debut against Canada at Twickenham in 2005 and played in the 2007 World Cup final against South Africa, in which he was controversially denied a try.

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