Gregan to call time on career
December 6, 2010
George Gregan will retire at the end of the season © Getty Images
Former Australia scrum-half George Gregan will call time on his storied career at the end of the season.
The 37-year-old, the most capped player in the history of Test rugby, has spent the last two years playing for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan.
Gregan won the Rugby World Cup, Tri-Nations and Super 12 during his time with the Wallabies and Brumbies, ending with 139 Test caps to his name. He is hoping to sign off in style with further medals in this year's Top League and All-Japan Championship.
"That'll be me finished, though hopefully it will culminate with two championships," he told The Daily Yomiuri.
"I am going to get into things outside rugby that I have been working on for the last few years. I am not going to do any coaching in any formal way, but the things I will be doing will be based on sport."
Gregan was coaxed to Japan by former Wallabies boss Eddie Jones, having spent a year in France with Toulon.
"Eddie called me in Toulon where I spent a year after the World Cup and asked if it was possible," he said. "My initial reaction was that I had no games left in me, but he told me they were looking at a time frame of three years. I had been here a few times before and have always enjoyed coming here.
"I have learned a lot. You never stop learning. The game is always changing and it's been good to see the players grow. The Top League has developed and there are lot of promising players and there has been a lot more growth. This season and the way the laws have been interpreted helps. There's not the same kicking numbers as before. There has been a drastic reduction since last year and it has really helped promote attacking rugby."
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