22 Jun 2011

Wallabies veteran announces retirement

12:15 pm on 22 June 2011

The New South Wales Waratahs captain Phil Waugh has announced he'll retire from rugby at the end of the season but is holding out hope of a Wallabies recall for the World Cup first.

The 31-year-old, who's played 79 Tests for Australia including the final of the 2003 World Cup and four of Australia's five matches at the 2007 World Cup, says he intends beginning a business career after the World Cup.

While he's been overlooked by Wallabies coach Robbie Deans in recent seasons, Waugh - who made his Wallabies debut in 1994 - still hopes to make the World Cup squad.

Waugh is the Waratahs' most-capped player with 131 Super Rugby games and is also the Sydney side's most-capped captain with 55 games as skipper.

He's 12th on the Wallabies all-time list for Test caps, and has also had the honour of leading his country on three occasions.