I'm hanging up my boots, says Waratahs' Waugh

Waratahs skipper Phil Waugh says he will quit rugby at the end of the season, but hopes to go out on a high by playing for the Wallabies at the World Cup.

The 31-year-old, who has won 79 caps for Australia, told reporters on Tuesday that he would be pursuing business interests after the September 9 to October 23 World Cup in New Zealand.

“At 31 years of age I think the timing is right for me to make the transition into business,” he told reporters.

“It’s been my honour and my privilege to have played at the Waratahs for 13 years and I’ve been very humbled and very proud to have represented Australia for over a decade, which has encompassed 79 Test matches.”

The Waratahs have reached the play-offs of the Super rugby competition where they will face Auckland Blues.

Waugh said he was still targeting a place in coach Robbie Deans’ side for the World Cup.

“It’s a big year for rugby and I’d obviously like to be a part of the World Cup squad,” he added.—Reuters

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