Dallaglio confirms Wasps retirement at the end of the seas

London Wasps Club Captain Lawrence Dallaglio has today announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect, and from professional rugby at the end of the 2007/08 season.

Dallaglio, who has played his club rugby for Wasps throughout his entire first class rugby career, made his first team debut in September 1993 when the game was still amateur.

Since then he has gone on to win almost every accolade the game has to offer.

He became captain of Wasps in 1995 at the age of 23, went on to win his first England cap in the same year and was appointed captain of his country in 1997.

He won a total of 85 caps for England – 22 as captain – World Cup winners medals in both Sevens and fifteens, and was selected for three British Lions tours and the Barbarians.

He has made 325 competitive appearances to date for Wasps, and as club captain has led his team to eight domestic and European titles and played in a ninth trophy winning final at Twickenham.

Director of Rugby, Ian McGeechan said, “Lawrence Dallaglio is quite simply an exceptional person and player, and it has been an honour to have had the opportunity to know, coach and work with him.

“Throughout his career, Lawrence has stood out as an outstanding player for club, country and the Lions. You might get one player in a generation with his sort of talent, but as it happened Lawrence was part of a very special group of players for England and the Lions who produced some of the best rugby played and seen for more than two decades. As a result he has left a tremendous legacy to both club and country.”

London Wasps Chief Executive, Tony Copsey said, “Lawrence Dallaglio epitomises everything that Wasps is and has been for the past 14 years. He has showed unstinting loyalty to the club from the moment he joined, throughout the difficult period when the game went professional and on to the present day.

 

Not many players clock up ten years and more of active service for a single club, and if you look back at the success that Wasps has enjoyed since the game went professional, Lawrence Dallaglio’s name is written all over it. He is not only a consummate professional, but also a great guy to work with.”

Lawrence Dallaglio fact file

Lawrence Bruno Nero Dallaglio

Dob: 10/08/72

Schooled: Ampleforth

Clubs: Wasps

Wasps

Debut 18th Sept 1993

Total competitive appearances as at 28th Dec 2007: 324

Premiership Appearances: 168

Heineken Cup Appearances: 51

Points: 248

Tries 49

Titles won:

1993 Middlesex 7s beat Northampton Saints 26-24*

1996/7 English League title

1999 Tetley’s Bitter Cup beat Newcastle Falcons 29 – 19**

2000 Tetley’s Bitter Cup beat Northampton Saints 31 – 23

2003 Parker Pen Cup beat Bath Rugby 48 – 30

2003 Zurich Premiership beat Gloucester Rugby in play off final 39 – 3

2004 Heineken Cup beat Stade Toulousain 27 – 20

2004 Zurich Premiership beat Bath Rugby in play off final 10 – 6

2005 Zurich Premiership beat Leicester Tigers in play off final 39 – 14

2006 Powergen Cup beat Llanelli Scarlets 26 – 10

2007 Heineken Cup beat Leicester Tigers 25 – 9

*Wasps captained by A. Thompson

**Wasps captained by M. Weedon

Testimonial year 2004/5

England

Representative Honours: England U19 Colts, U21s, Sevens
Caps: 85 (W60, D 2 L 23)

Points: 85 (17T)

Debut v South Africa 1995

Dallaglio is the second most capped England player in history, alongside Rory Underwood also on 85, behind Jason Leonard on 114 caps.

England captain from 1997-99 (14 games: W7, D2, L5) and in 2003 (8 games). He has captained England 22 times – only Martin Johnson (39) and Will Carling(59) have captained England more.

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