Newcastle and England striker Mark Wilson retires from rugby
England international Mark Wilson has retired from rugby with immediate effect.
The 32-year-old Newcastle skipper and striker earned 23 caps and was substituted in the 2019 World Cup final between England and South Africa in Japan.
In a statement released by the Falcons, Wilson said a knee injury caused him to “reevaluate where I am from a career standpoint.”
Wilson, who has played 237 times for Newcastle, has made a lone club appearance this season after knee surgery.
“I made the decision to retire from rugby. It was a decision that was difficult to make, but it is the right one for me and my family at this time,” he said.
“My injury made me reassess where I am from a career perspective.
“It has been in the background and has been in my thoughts, and while it hasn’t been the case that the injury has physically ended my full career, it has certainly been one of the main things that added to my decision.
Wilson’s last England appearance was against Ireland in Dublin in the Guinness Six Nations Championship last season.
He was also part of England’s Six Nations-winning squad in 2020, having made his Test debut against Argentina three years earlier.
Wilson added: “I will always come to watch games and support the club, but for now it’s time to move on to the next part of my life.
“To start, I just want to take some time off. My wife has started a new business in the last year, so I want to support her in that, and I just want to be with the kids a little more.
“I want to make sure I’m fully committed to the next thing I’m doing, and it’s the right thing for me.
“I am excited about what lies ahead as a family and proud of what I have been able to bring to the club during my time here.”
England head coach Eddie Jones paid tribute to Wilson, saying: “A great player, but above all a great guy.
“He has an incredible work ethic and determination. He never stopped working to improve. He is an inspirational player who will be missed in the game.”
The Newcastle Director of Rugby added: “We are all disgusted and disappointed that Mark is retiring from rugby but he has made a massive contribution to this club.
“He epitomizes who we are as someone who has come through our academic system, and he can look back and be proud of what has been a fantastic career.
“Mark is a team player who has put his body on the line time and time again.
“He embodies our local ethos, and we all felt a huge sense of pride when he did so well on the international stage.”