England’s career-changing Sarah Hunter retires as the world’s most decorated female player

England rugby will say goodbye to an icon at this year’s Women’s Six Nations tournament, where the country’s most capped player, Sarah Hunter, has confirmed she will play her final game.

Sarah Hunter will retire from rugby with 141 caps to her name, the most England player in history.(Andy Jackson – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

One of rugby’s most decorated players will come to an end on Saturday after England’s all-time champions Sarah Hunter announced her retirement from the sport.

As well as making 140 appearances for her country to date – 18 more than her nearest rival Ben Youngs – Hunter is the most capped women’s player of all time. However, the 2023 Women’s Six Nations opener against Scotland in her hometown of Newcastle will be the final chapter in an inspirational story.

“A lot of athletes don’t get to choose how and when they call time on their playing career,” Hunter said when he announced his immediate retirement from playing. “I’m very fortunate to be able to finish on my own terms. I couldn’t think of a better way than in the hometown where my rugby journey began.”

Well-respected among his peers, Hunter is headed for a 16-year career that will include 10 Six Nations titles, nine Grand Slams, as well as the Rugby World Cup’s share of highs and lows. Mirror Sport chronicles the key moments in a career that helped transform the sport and lead England women to the most successful era in rugby history.

Humble beginnings and adaptation

Like many rugby women of her generation, Hunter’s introduction to rugby union was not easy. Having initially played rugby league for Longbenton and Gateshead Panthers before ending the mixed gender game, Hunter had to play under-15 sport around the age of 12, and union was better for it.

England star Sarah Hunter, the most capped player in women’s rugby, will play her final game on Saturday

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‘Sunter’ started playing for Lichfield Ladies in 2004, and at the same time began studying for a degree in sports science and mathematics at Loughborough University. He made his England debut a few years later, in 2007, in an 11-year-old season with the former top outfit.

Starting out as a live centre, Hunter was asked to switch to what would become his home in the back row while representing England under-19s. His coach at Novocastrians RFC, Graeme Cooper, has been credited with helping Hunter through what would have been his stepping stone to the top of rugby.

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