Red Roses wing Wilson retires

England wing Kay Wilson has announced her retirement from international rugby, effective immediately.

Wilson scored 32 tries in 49 Tests across a six-year England career and lifted the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014.

“While we are sad to see Kay retire from international rugby we want to thank her for her outstanding contribution to the game over the past number of years,” said England Women head coach Simon Middleton.

“Kay is a world class player and role model for women’s rugby who has inspired many young players to get involved in the game. We wish her all the best with her next endeavour.”

The 26-year-old made history in March by scoring seven tries as the Red Roses beat Scotland Women 64-0 in the Six Nations at the Twickenham Stoop.

In doing so, Wilson also became the first player to score four first-half tries in the competition, having completed a hat-trick after just 27 minutes.

“I genuinely didn’t think I would ever get one cap for England so to finish my career on 49 is something that I am really proud of," said Wilson.

"I’ve been very fortunate to have played in two World Cups, win two Six Nations Grand Slams and meet and play alongside some amazing people, but now I feel it’s time for the next chapter in my life.”

As well as travelling to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games as a non-playing reserve for Team GB Sevens, Wilson most recently helped England to the Women’s Rugby World Cup final in Ireland where she crossed the whitewash four times.

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