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World Cup-winner Worsley retires with neck injury

Updated: November 14, 2011, 05:29

LONDON(AP) World Cup-winning England backrower Joe Worsley has retired from rugby with immediate effect because of a neck injury.

The injury kept Worsley out of this year's World Cup squad and the 34-year-old flanker says he cannot continue either internationally or for club side London Wasps.

A member of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, a replacement in the 2007 final and a British and Irish Lion in 2009, Worsley says he has been consulting doctors since March.

He adds that "restarting contact work during the England World Cup Camp made it obvious that I could not continue.''

Worsley played 78 times for England between 1999 and February this year, and made his only Lions' appearance in the 2009 final test win over South Africa.

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