Former New Zealand international Luke McAlister announces retirement

Luke McAlister has played 30 Tests for New Zealand
Luke McAlister has played 30 Tests for New Zealand
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Former New Zealand international Luke McAlister has announced retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old made his professional rugby debut for North Harbour in 2002 and his Super Rugby debut for Blues came two years later. After a two-year stint with Sale Sharks, he rejoined Blues for a second stint in 2010.

However, he decided to move to France in 2011 where he represented Toulouse until 2017 when he switched to Toulon.

“I have called it a day on my rugby career,” he wrote in Instagram.

“It’s been one hell of a ride, 17 years travelling the globe doing what I love.”

McAlister made his New Zealand debut in 2005 and has made 30 Test-appearances for the All Blacks with his last game coming in 2009. He has also enjoyed three Rugby Championships title with the New Zealand side.

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