Phil Waugh: A legend retires

Wallabies legend Phil Waugh today announced that he would be retiring from professional rugby at the end of the 2011 season.

For most Australian rugby fans, this is going to be one of those ‘where were you when you heard the news’ moments ! I had literally taken a 5 minute break from the report I was writing when I noticed that Phil Waugh was trending on Twitter.

Phil Waugh at Wallabies training

Wallabies legend Phil Waugh

My initial thought was that maybe he was another casualty for this Friday’s game and how fortuitous it would be for the Reds (please no hate mail from Tah fans), so imagine the shock I felt when I read that he was hanging up his boots at the end of the year!

At his press conference today, Waugh remarked on his career and his hopes to be part of the World Cup Squad this year.

“I’ve been very humbled and very proud to have represented Australia over a decade, which has encompassed 79 Test matches, and I hope to increase on that number,” said Waugh.

“It’s obviously a big year for rugby and I want to be a part of that World Cup squad.”

With the Tahs about to start their finals quest for the Super Rugby title and the Wallabies headed to the World Cup in October, perhaps he will get the fairytale ending that befits a player of his caliber.

One thing I know for sure is that he is going to be sorely missed in Australian rugby!

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