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Grewcock Calls It A Day

World Cup winner hangs up his boots

Posted Jun 02, 2011 by Chris White

Grewcock was in the 2003 World Cup winning squad in England

After 15 years of playing rugby at the top level, and at the heart of the forward battles, in the eye of so many storms, one of the toughest, most uncompromising players of the professional era has called it a day.

Bath lock Danny Grewcock has called time on his career that has seen him play for Saracens, Bath, England and the British and Irish Lions after moving into top level rugby from his first club, Coventry.

A quality jumper at the lineout, strong ball carrier, prodigious tackler, and awesome at the breakdown, Grewcock made 69 appearances for his country, and earned 5 caps for the Lions.

Director of Rugby at Bath, Sir Ian McGeechan described him as "The nicest bloke you'd meet off the field, but he's the sort of player you wouldn't want to meet on a rugby field. That just about makes him the perfect rugby player."

In 217 Premiership appearances, scoring 11 tries in the process, Grewcock had regular run-ins with the opposition and match officials, picking up 14 yellow cards in his career, and spending a grand total of 44-weeks suspended from the game for his various indiscretions.

This aggression on the field is what made Grewcock the player he was. You can have aggression, and spend every game sitting on the sidelines banned. You need to learn to channel that aggression, and keep that fire, that little bit extra that made you stand out as a real top player from others.

Having played for England for ten years, making his debut as a late call-up to the touring team in Argentina back in 1997 - scoring a try on debut - Grewcock has decided that his form is no longer at the level it was back when he was winning the World Cup in 2003, and that is the right time to stop.

If form is slipping away, and you can't enjoy what you're doing anymore, that is the time to call it a day. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say it's better to go out while the memories you leave are positive, rather than as a has-been player slipping down the leagues clinging onto a reputation in the past to get you by.

Grewcock will remain on the staff at the Rec, to mentor players at the Bath academy.

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