Briscoe announces retirement

Shaun Briscoe has announced his retirement from professional rugby league, at the end of his testimonial year.

Briscoe, 30, who started his career at hometown club Wigan, played more than 100 games for Hull and Hull KR and also played for Widnes and Workington.

He said: “Having been capped for England and enjoying a fulfilling Super League career, I have decided to hang up my boots to pursue a new chapter in the game.  I owe a lot to Rugby League and can now hopefully put something back.

“I would like to thank the coaches, backroom staff, players and fans who have helped and supported me through my career, and most of all my family who have sacrificed a lot to enable me to do what I have achieved.”

Briscoe made nine appearances for England during his career, and was named Super League Young Player of the Year and in the Dream Team in 2004.

He left Widnes in June, and played his last career game for Championship side Workington, in their 22-18 win over York in August.

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