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Danny Kerr: England scrum player retires from international rugby

Danny Kerr: England scrum player retires from international rugby

video caption, Danny Kerr says spending more time with his family has influenced his retirement in England

England and Harlequins half-half Danny Kerr has announced his retirement from international rugby.

The 37-year-old played in all five of England's matches in this year's Six Nations and earned his 100th cap in the 23-22 win over Ireland on March 9.

Kerr, who made a record 369 appearances for Harlequin, said: “Playing for England once was a dream come true.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the opportunity to do this more than 100 times.”

Kerr added: “After much reflection over the past few months, it seems the right time for me and the team to retire from international rugby.

He added: “The past 12 months in this English team have undoubtedly been my favorite, creating memories that my family and I will cherish and remember forever.”

Kerr made his England debut at the age of 21 when he was brought on during the 37-20 defeat to New Zealand in June 2008.

He helped England win the Six Nations Grand Slam title in 2016, as well as winning titles in 2011 and 2017.

Kerr has also appeared in two Rugby World Cups, earning selection in 2015 and helping England reach the semi-finals in France in 2023.

He retired as one of only six players to earn 100 caps for England, finishing with 101 caps after 15 years playing at international level.

Speaking on BBC's Rugby Union Weekly programme, Kerr said: “I was thinking, 'I can't keep doing this forever.' I have a young family at home that I spend a lot of time away from, and I'm missing out on a lot of things.

“In the last nine months, we've been away for about six of them.

“You know how it is with kids at home. They miss me. And when they start asking 'You're not going away again, are you?'” it gets harder every time you leave them.

“It's the right time for the team to have another nine or a few more players who can come in and show what they can do because there are some great young players there.

“I never want to get in anyone's way. The team comes first.”

Kerr would go on to represent Harlequins, where he won two Premiership Rugby titles.

Kerr added: “I want to thank all the English fans from the bottom of my heart who have supported me and the team unconditionally over the years, all over the world.”

“It means the world, and nothing will beat the feeling of coming out to you all at Twickenham.”

Harlequin Director of Rugby, Billy Millard, said: “We are extremely proud of Danny and all he has achieved for England.

“He has been very professional over the last 15 years and has worked extremely hard to get back to 101 caps.

“It is a great testament to his character, hard work and professionalism and we congratulate him on a fantastic career in England and look forward to his continued impact at Queen’s.”

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