England captain Sarah Hunter to retire after Six Nations opener against Scotland

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England captain Sarah Hunter will retire after the Women’s Six Nations opener against Scotland this weekend.

Hunter, who has won a women’s world-record 140 caps for her country, has decided to call time on her rugby career after Saturday’s clash in her home city of Newcastle.

The 37-year-old back-row forward has helped England win 10 Six Nations titles and the 2014 World Cup. She was also named named World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year in 2016.

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She told BBC Sport: “Everything has to come to an end at some point.

“The RFU kindly put a Red Roses game finally at Newcastle, which is my home city where I grew up. I just couldn’t not give it a go to play in the game.

“I started playing rugby in Newcastle, finishing there feels like I’ve come full circle.”

Hunter, who was also a World Cup runner-up in 2010, 2017 and 2021, added: “When the dust settles and you can reflect on everything, I don’t think I could have asked for more in the career that I’ve had.

“For that I’ll be forever grateful.”