Dallaglio retires after helping Wasps to Premiership title

Lawrence Dallaglio finished his career with another big title on Saturday when Wasps beat Leicester 26-16 at Twickenham to win the English Premiership.


The back row, whose big performances helped England win the 2003 World Cup, was emotional as he left the field in the 67th minute to a standing ovation from 81,600 fans – a world record for a club game.


“This is one of our greatest ever achievements,” said Dallaglio, who has been with Wasps for 18 years.


“Playing rugby is about courage and about character,” said the No. 8 forward, who played 87 times for England, scoring 17 tries, and formed a formidable back row partnership with Neil Back and Richard Hill.


“I was always very wary that today was all about Wasps the club, the game of rugby and the spirit of playing a mighty opponent like Leicester,” Dallaglio said.


“I didn’t want to detract from that with the hype and the buildup for the last game which was inevitable. But it was not just about me. It was a wonderful team effort.”


Tries by Tom Rees and Josh Lewsey helped Wasps open up a 23-6 halftime lead. Mark van Gisbergen, kicking in the absence of broken ankle victim Danny Cipriani, contributed three penalties and two conversions.


Leicester hit back with tries by Tom Varndell and Harry Ellis but Van Gisbergen’s fourth penalty halted the charge.


Sapa-AP – Rugbyweek.com

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