All Blacks’ Brodie Retallick retires

Brodie Retallick races for a try for All Blacks. PHOTO/You Tube

One of the most capped players in the history of the All Blacks and the second-most capped lock of all time, Brodie Retallick, has officially announced his retirement after an illustrious 11-year career.

Retallick, known for his reliability and significant contributions to the New Zealand National team, leaves a lasting impact on the sport. Making his international debut on June 9, 2012, against Ireland, he quickly became a key figure for the All Blacks.

Throughout his career, Retallick achieved remarkable milestones, participating in New Zealand’s 50th test match against Wales on June 25, 2016, and their 100th test match against England on November 19, 2022.

In September 2021, Retallick took on the role of captain, leading the All Blacks to a convincing 39-0 victory against Argentina at the Gold Coast.

His legacy includes an impressive tally of 109 test matches, contributing to 92 victories and scoring 45 points from 9 tries. Over his 11-year tenure, Retallick played a pivotal role in securing numerous career trophies for the All Blacks, including the 2015 Rugby World Cup, 9 Rugby Championships Cups, 11 Bledisloe Cups, and 5 Hillary Shields Freedom Cups and Dave Gallaher Trophies.

Noteworthy individual recognitions include being named the 2014 Rugby Player of the Year and receiving the Try of the Year award in 2018 for his outstanding performance against the Wallabies.

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