25th February 11:55 PM
James Rodwell announces retirement once the current season ends
By Iva Danford
Monday 13/05/2019
[Photo: Planet Rugby] James Rodwell

England's most‑capped player in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series history, James Rodwell, has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season.

Rodwell wrote his name into the history books in Hamilton in late January with the HSBC New Zealand Sevens his 90th series tournament, taking him past former All Blacks Sevens captain DJ Forbes who had retired on 89 tournaments.

With two rounds of the 2019 series remaining, in London and Paris, Rodwell sits on 91 tournaments after being called up as an injury replacement in Singapore last month.

Rodwell made his England debut back in 2008, running out against USA in Dubai, and brought up 50 tournaments on the series in Hong Kong in 2014 where England reached the final.

Two years later, in Singapore, he set the record for consecutive tournaments at 69 and then became England's most‑capped player in Cape Town in December 2016.

Rodwell was also pivotal member of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where rugby sevens made its debut, scoring two tries in the tournament to help the squad take home the silver medal behind Fiji.

He says it has been an amazing journey from when he first started playing sevens and he never have imagined that he pull on an England jersey this many times.


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