England prop Shaunagh Brown to retire at end of 2022

Shaunagh Brown has played 30 times for England
Shaunagh Brown has played 30 times for England

England forward Shaunagh Brown has announced that she will be retiring from professional rugby at the end of the year.

Brown made her England debut in 2017 and last was part of the World Cup final against New Zealand which they went on to lose 31-34 in November.

The 32-year-old played 30 times for the red roses and also represented them in the hammer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She also went on to win four Women's Six Nations titles with England.

Her professional rugby debut came with Aylesford Bulls in 2016 and switched to Harlequins a year later. Brown also went on to win the Premier 15s title with the Quins last year.

"I couldn't think of a better way to have spent the last seven years of my life than dedicating it to rugby and women," said Brown.

"And, although I will stop playing the game, I will still be pushing the boundaries for rugby and women alike.

"Rugby has only ever changed my life for the better. I'm so grateful that I was able to find the sport. Now it's time to concentrate on getting other people to find rugby and let it change their lives too.

"To all the coaches I've worked with and all my team-mates over the years, I am grateful for your support and everything you've done.

"To those who have listened to me, pushed me and reminded me of excellence and told me I can achieve more than I can ever dream and told me I'm unstoppable, made me believe in myself and made me realise how much better I could do, thank you."