Simon Mannering announces retirement from international rugby league

Sport 12/06/2018

Simon Mannering has decided to retire from international rugby league. 

The 45-test veteran has been part of the Kiwis setup since his debut in 2006, making the Warriors forward the fourth most capped New Zealander in test history.

The 31-year-old played at three World Cup's, including New Zealand's victory in Australia in 2008.

Mannering served as captain of the national side from 2013-2016.

The Nelson-born back row forward has played 289 NRL games for the Warriors, including nine in 2018.

After a chat with incoming coach Michael Maguire, Mannering felt it was the right time to step aside.

I've had this on my mind for a while,

The idea of taking a test to the United States is really exciting for the game but I think it's a good time for younger players to be given every opportunity.

I was honoured to wear the Kiwi jersey every time, and it's been a huge privilege having the chance to play alongside so many outstanding players.

It was also a special honour to captain my country.

Former Warriors players, Russell Packer and Ben Matulino have also announced they have retired from international football.

Matulino played 23 tests for the Kiwis in nine years, while Packer earned seven caps for New Zealand after making his debut in 2017.