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Corson announces retirement from rugby

Corson announces retirement from rugby

France second row Lénaïg Corson has confirmed she will retire from rugby upon the conclusion of the 2022/23 season.

The 34-year-old enjoyed success as a heptathlete before making the switch to rugby at the age of 20 and calls time on her career with 30 caps for Les Bleues to her name.

The industrious forward joined Allianz Premier 15s side Harlequins from Wasps in November, after a successful 10-year career at Stade Rennais, and is set to bow out following Quins’ match against University of Worcester Warriors Women on Saturday.

Corson made her international debut in 2012 against the USA before featuring in five Six Nations Championships and the 2017 Rugby World Cup in Ireland, as France finished third.

Corson also represented France 7s at five World Rugby 7s Series and was selected for the Barbarians in 2017 and 2021.

Commenting on her retirement, Corson said: “It’s now time to open a new chapter in my life and move home to France.

“I am looking forward to launching my own personal projects, focusing on climate change awareness, and helping implement actions throughout our community and local schools to ensure we’re making sustainable choices.

“I am also excited to be working as a Rugby World Cup 2023 consultant and helping my country deliver a great tournament. Allez Les Bleus!”