Former England centre Allen retires from playing

Former England centre Anthony Allen has announced that he will retire from
playing professional rugby due to an injury with immediate effect.

The Leicester Tigers centre has made the decision to retire due to a knee injury
at the age of just 28.

Capped twice by England in 2006, Allen joined Tigers in 2009 after more than
90 appearances with Gloucester.

He made 124 first-team appearances in six seasons with Leicester, playing in
four Premiership Finals, including the club’s title-winning seasons in 2010
and 2013. He was a Premiership Final try-scorer against Harlequins in 2012 and
Man of the Match in the win over Northampton Saints a year later.

Tigers Players’ Player of the Year in 2010/11, Allen’s consistency in a club
shirt took him back into the England squad, including the South Africa tour
in the summer of 2012.

Appointed Tigers vice-captain before the 2013/14 season, Allen made his 100th
start for the club in the Round 4 win at Exeter Chiefs, becoming the 207th player
in the club’s history to reach that landmark.

He made 11 appearances in the 2014/15 season, playing his last game in the
Aviva Premiership fixture at Harlequins in January.

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said ,”Anthony has
been a great success as a Leicester player, becoming one of the most consistent
and influential players in the Aviva Premiership during his six seasons with
the club.

“He has always been appreciated by team-mates and coaches here for his
work at the core of the team, as well as for his individual ability. He has
also played a big role in helping the development of young players like Manu
Tuilagi and Owen Williams alongside him in the backline.

“It is extremely disappointing for him and for the club that he has been
advised to retire from playing at such a young age and at the peak of his career.
Anthony has an excellent understanding of the game and we hope to be able to
use that knowledge within the club in the future.”

Announcing his retirement, Allen said ,”It is very disappointing for any
professional when they realise they have reached the end of their playing career
and I obviously did not expect to play my last game at such a young age. But
it is something I have had to come to terms with after rehabbing a knee problem
for much of last season.

“I’ve played alongside and against so many great players, I played in
five Premiership Finals with Gloucester and Leicester, played for my country
and have shared in many massive occasions in 10 years as a player.

“I’d like to thank the Tigers for their support throughout this process
and also thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my career,
through the good times and bad.

“Last but not least, all the supporters at both Gloucester and Leicester
Tigers have always been amazing to me and I will hugely miss running out on
to the pitch every weekend.”

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