Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter retires

George Chuter, Leicester Tigers Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter has announced he is retiring for professional rugby with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old was the first man to make 250 appearances in Premiership Rugby and was a Rugby World Cup finalist with England in 2007.

Chuter has been part of a Leicester squad which reached four European Cup Finals and has played seven Premiership Finals at Twickenham, a record he shares with former Tigers club captain Geordan Murphy.

He has played 292 first-team games in 13 seasons with Leicester Tigers.

"I’ve not really been able to sit back and reflect until now,” said the 37-year-old Chuter.

"To play nearly 300 games for Leicester and 100 for Saracens before that, plus 40 for England at various levels, gives me great pride."