12 Jul 2014

England World Cup winner Balshaw retires due to injury

1:13 pm on 12 July 2014

The England World Cup-winning back Iain Balshaw has retired from rugby after failing to recover from a knee injury.

The 35-year-old announced his retirement on his official Twitter account, saying that after 16 months of unsuccessful rehab it is finally time to call it a day.

Balshaw played 35 Tests for England and three for the British and Irish Lions on the tour of Australia in 2001, scoring 13 tries in total.

He went on as a replacement during the 2003 World Cup final victory over Australia in Sydney but suffered a number of injuries during his career.