Thorn announces retirement

Date published: April 9 2015

World Cup-winning former All Black lock Brad Thorn has confirmed he will retire at the end of this season.

The 40-year-old Leicester Tigers lock has won almost very trophy in the game having begun his career in rugby league.

After switching to the 15-man code, New Zealand-born Thorn then went on to earn 59 caps for the All Blacks, the last of which being the 2011 World Cup Final.

"My goal was to play top-level rugby at 40 and to play well, and I've done that," he told BBC Radio Leicester.

"I've been part of all these teams and it's been awesome but I just think maybe I should do something else."

Thorn's glittering 21-year career started the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. He represented Queensland in the state of origin and won three caps for Australia.

Thorn moved back to New Zealand in 2001 and joined the Crusaders, playing 12 tests for the All Blacks.

He went back to rugby league with the Brisbane Broncos from 2005-07 before returning to Union.

Thorn helped Leinster lift the 2012 Heineken Cup, becoming the first man to play in victorious World Cup, Super Rugby and European Cup teams.

He joined Premiership club Leicester last year.