Kieran Learn: Ex-All Blacks captain retires from rugby
Former New Zealand captain Kieran Learn has retired from rugby.
The 35-year-old broke the information he would retire on the finish of the season earlier than Toyota Verblitz’s semi-final towards Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan’s Prime League on Saturday.
However Verblitz misplaced 48-21, ending their marketing campaign and Learn’s profession.
“I am trying ahead to returning to New Zealand and spending time with my household,” stated Learn, the third most-capped participant in All Blacks historical past.
The quantity eight made 127 Take a look at appearances for the All Blacks and was named captain in 2016 following Richie McCaw’s retirement.
Learn was a World Cup winner in 2011 and 2015, and was named World Rugby’s participant of the yr in 2013.
He retired from worldwide rugby in 2019 after the World Cup in Japan, the place New Zealand completed third.
At membership degree, he gained 4 Tremendous Rugby titles with the Canterbury Crusaders, earlier than becoming a member of Verblitz on the finish of 2019, co-captaining them in his ultimate season.