England legend Cracknell retires

Date published: December 15 2014

After six successful years playing at the highest level, Chris Cracknell has retired from England Sevens.

The 30-year-old forward played 33 tournaments on the IRB Sevens World Series, scoring 17 tries for his country and was one of the first full-time professional Sevens players.

As well as captaining his country, Cracknell’s career highlights include England’s first win in the Wellington tournament in 2009, beating New Zealand in the final. The same team went onto claim the London Sevens title later that same year.

Cracknell previously represented England at U19 and U21 levels. He made his Premiership debut for Bath against Newcastle in October 2009 and played club rugby for Harlequins, Cornish Pirates, Newbury Blues and Worcester Warriors.

“We would like to thank Chris for his services to the England Sevens programme,” said Joe Lydon, RFU Head of International Player Development.

“He has had a distinguished career and made a significant contribution to our Sevens team over the years. We wish him the very best in the future.”