ADVERTISEMENT

Former England International Announces Retirement

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday May 30, 2022

England and Northampton Saints backrow Tom Wood announced his retirement today following a 15-year Premiership career.

ADVERTISEMENT

The 35-year-old has enjoyed an immensely successful career with both his club and country amassing an impressive 240 appearances for the Saints and 50 caps for his country.

Unfortunately for Wood he has been out of action since February having sustained a shoulder injury against Leicester Tigers.

Having started his career at Worcester Warriors in 2007 followed by a stint in New Zealand with Otago. Wood will certainly be remembered as a Northampton Saints legend having captained the club to a Premiership victory in 2014.

Speaking about his retirement Wood had the following to say, “Obviously, retiring is a difficult and emotional decision for any player,” Wood said. “I’ve not been able to make as much of a contribution on the pitch as I’d have liked this season due to injury, but that’s the nature of professional sport.”

“I’m very proud of my playing career with both Saints and England, and I want to thank all of Saints’ supporters who have embraced me during my time here. Having worked hard in recent years to set myself up for life after rugby, I’m excited for what the next chapter has in store.” He concluded.

ADVERTISEMENT

In his pomp Wood was an aggressive tackler as well as strong ball carrying option for both club and country.

Certainly not averse to a few controversy’s along the way such as his 6-week suspension for stamping against Stade Francais or for this shot on Josh van der Flier of Leinster.

 

However as with any hard-nosed back-row suspensions over such a long career were not surprising. One thing that cannot be disputed however is that to survive 15 seasons of top flight professional rugby is a serious innings. Well done Mr Wood on a fantastic career.

ADVERTISEMENT

Comments




Related Articles

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Jamie Heaslip Exclusive: Respectfully...Ireland...

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Immanuel Feyi-Waboso replaced by Will Muir...

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Match Highlights: England A vs Portugal Rugby...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Bordeaux prop scores the ultimate front row try in the Top 14

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Northampton Saints youngster George Hendy seals the Premiership title

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Springbok centre tears it up in the Top 14 for a crucial hattrick

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    English winger leaves defenders in his dust for long range score in Top 14

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Courtney Lawes: 'We don't need to have a 10/10 performance or do anything out of the ordinary'

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Leinster prospect pulls off outlandish footballing skills in URC quarterfinal

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Wild start at Twickenham as Quins pull off another wonder-try

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Former French star's 'tackle of the season attempt' goes viral

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious interaction between Simon Zebo and journalist

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Nick David unexpectedly shows up to semi final in full kit

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The worst camera angle in rugby history

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Louis Rees-Zammit's real reason for NFL move exposed

View All

Amateur

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 98 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 98 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    England announce starting XV for Japan test

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Beauden Barrett returns to play for club side after 14 years

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Andy Goode includes Joe Marler in his England XV to beat New Zealand on summer tour

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Beno Obano receives judgement following Gallagher Premiership final red card

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    URC Awards: Jamie Richie turnover king and a big win for Jack Crowley

View All