The Citizen (KZN)

Pumas prop calls it a day

- London

– Leicester’s Argentina internatio­nal prop Marcos Ayerza (right) has retired from rugby with immediate effect due to a back injury, he announced yesterday.

Ayerza, who joined Leicester in 2006, has been advised to hang up his boots on medical grounds.

The 34-year-old loosehead made 246 appearance­s, winning four Premiershi­p titles, and won 66 caps for Argentina, representi­ng his country at three World Cups.

“I have been extremely proud to represent Leicester Tigers and Argentina for so many seasons and en- joyed every minute of that long journey,” Ayerza said.

“I will take with me many great memories experience­d by playing this great game of rugby, but more importantl­y the best thing to take with me is all those great people I met on this journey along the way.

“I will miss a lot, but it is time to face new challenges in my life, turn over the page and I wish the Tigers all the very best for the future.”

Ayerza’s last appearance came in Leicester’s 25-6 victory over Harlequins last November.

“Marcos has been an outstandin­g representa­tive of the club on and off the field in more than 10 years at Tigers,” said Leicester chairman Peter Tom. “He has been without doubt one of the leading players in his position in the world game.” – AFP

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