Leicester prop Deacon retires

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Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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England second row forward Louis Deacon has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

The Leicester lock won 29 England caps after making his debut against Samoa in 2005 and was part of Martin Johnson’s 2011 World Cup squad in New Zealand.

Deacon made 274 appearances for Tigers as part of a squad that won six Premiership titles and became champions of Europe twice.

But injury has prevented him from featuring for the Tigers this season and he has spent time coaching Spain ahead of the European Rugby Championships.

“I have said many times that all I ever wanted to do was play one game for the Leicester Tigers,” Deacon, 34, told the official club website.

“So to have the opportunity to do that more than 270 times, in massive games all over Europe and alongside so many great players, has been a huge honour.”

Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Deacs is the epitome of the Leicester lad who came through at his hometown club to play at the very highest level of the game.

“He has been a central part of what makes this club tick for a long time.”

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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