Cana­dian rugby leg­end Moon­light re­tir­ing

Edmonton Journal - - SPORTS -

John Moon­light, a rugby icon who led Canada to some of its great­est sevens tri­umphs, is re­tir­ing to be­come a fire­fighter in his na­tive Pick­er­ing, Ont. The 30-year-old Moon­light leaves as Canada’s all-time caps leader in sevens. He played in 65 World Se­ries events, scor­ing his 116th ca­reer try in Hong Kong be­fore rep­re­sent­ing Canada ear­lier this month at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia. “I’m ex­cited,” Moon­light said. “I’m so priv­i­leged in the fact that I had an un­real rugby ca­reer. I trav­elled the world rep­re­sent­ing Canada for so many oc­ca­sions.” His de­par­ture will be felt, ac­cord­ing to Canada’s coach. “World rugby will lose one of its great war­riors,” said Damian McGrath, an Eng­land na­tive. “In my al­most 30 years of pro­fes­sional coach­ing, he stands among a small group of play­ers I’ve come across I would call ‘greats’ ... He epit­o­mizes Cana­dian rugby.”

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