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England back Lewsey to retire from rugby

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  • England back Josh Lewsey to quit professional rugby at the end of the season
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(CNN) -- England international back Josh Lewsey will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season, his club Wasps have confirmed.

Lewsey, 32, is calling time on a successful career for both club and country.

Lewsey, 32, is calling time on a successful career for both club and country.

The 32-year-old, who won the 2003 World Cup with England, is to hang up his boots after attempting to play his way into the British and Irish Lions squad for the summer tour of South Africa.

Lewsey scored 22 tries in 55 appearances for his country, as well as winning earlier Lions honors, and helped Wasps to four Premiership titles, two Heineken Cups, a European Challenge Cup and two domestic cup successes.

Lewsey retired from England duty in December after being told by team manager Martin Johnson that he was not part of his plans, having earlier been ignored for the 2008 autumn internationals.

A Wasps statement read: "Whether he pursues coaching in the future, his achievements on the field and contribution to the club and international game will not be forgotten".

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