USA's John Quill announces international retirement

John Quill of the USA tackling Schalk Burger of South Africa
John Quill of the USA tackling Schalk Burger of South Africa
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United States of America flanker John Quill has announced retirement from international rugby with immediate effect.

The 29-year-old made his debut for USA in 2012 against Russia after qualifying to play for the country through his American mother and has gone on to play 37 Tests with his last appearance coming against England in the recently concluded World Cup where he was handed a red card for a high-arm tackle on Owen Farrell leading to suspension.

He was also part of the USA squad during the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and has played four games combined across both the editions.

"Every game has been a gift," Quill said in a statement.

"I feel very lucky to have worn the jersey as many times as I have, the experiences and friendships I've gained along the way I'll carry with me for the rest of my life."

USA head coach Gary Gold lavished Quill for his contributions to the side.

"We are incredibly grateful to John for his contributions to the team over the past several years," Gold said.

"He has a tremendous work ethic, is a brilliant competitor and his toughness and physicality will be truly missed."