Rugby union star Martin Corry quits England

England rugby union star Martin Corry is to retire from international rugby. The decision by the rugby ace is a real blow for England coach Brian Ashton.

England´s rugby betting odds are 9/4 to win the forthcoming Six Nations.

The Leicester Tigers player announced to the British media: "If there is ever a right moment to step aside from representing England this is it.

"I've had my time and none of us can keep going forever. It's just a shame I am getting old."

The dynamic back row player represented England in the World Cup final defeat against South Africa in the Autumn.

"If I could carry on for the next 10 years I would because I genuinely love playing for Leicester and England.

Rugby union star Martin Corry quits England"Brian Ashton rang me to say they were going to name me in the 32 (for the RBS 6 Nations) and asked if that was what I wanted.

"But sadly, I just can't keep doing it all.

"Something has to give if I want to keep playing to the required standard. I have a young family and it is difficult leaving them on England tours. I need to stay at home more and wash a few more dishes."

England have now lost Jason Robinson, Mike Catt and Lawrence Dallaglio through retirement for England's first game against Wales at Twickenham, London on February 2.

Corry was capped 64 times for England. He made six appearances for the British Lions.