Peter Wallace retires from rugby league

Penrith and Scotland half-back Peter Wallace has announced his retirement from rugby league.

Wallace, 32, played for Scotland at the 2013 World Cup and has made eight appearances in the NRL this term, and 240 in total for the Panthers and Brisbane.

He will now take up a position on the coaching staff with Penrith.

Panthers GM, Phil Gould, said: “It’s an incredibly selfless act from Peter. He always had great faith in the young players coming through our system here at Panthers and has played a huge part in their development as both footballers and people.

“Peter has been battling with injury for several years and has repeatedly played for the club with injuries that would keep the normal man home in bed.

“It can now be revealed that Peter has played the last two years with no ACL in his knee after his last knee reconstruction actually failed. Management and coaches knew of his condition, but he didn’t want anyone else to know.

“I can also remember him staying on the field for 50 minutes in a game where he had completely torn his ACL. He is a tremendously tough individual and his leadership has been wonderful for our club.

“He has enjoyed an outstanding playing career. He now moves into the next stage of his life and Panthers will always be here for him.”