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Leigh Halfpenny, from Wales, announces his retirement from playing international rugby.

Leigh Halfpenny has declared his retirement from international rugby after Wales was eliminated from the Rugby World Cup.

Argentina eliminated Wales in the quarter-finals, and Halfpenny’s last game in the tournament was during the pool stage win against Portugal.

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The final match for the full-back on his national team will take place next Saturday against the Barbarians in Cardiff.

He has retired from international play after earning 101 caps. With a total of 801 points, he ranks third on the list of all-time Welsh players, behind Neil Jenkins and Stephen Jones.

He stated: “Upon further reflection following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup, I have come to the difficult decision to retire from international rugby.”

Making this decision was not simple, but I am feeling it is the right time for me now. I am excited to have one final opportunity to play against the Barbarians at home next week. It has been an incredible honor and privilege to wear the Welsh jersey and proudly represent my country for the past 15 years.

Source: theguardian.com