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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 August 2006, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Injured Poching decides to retire
Willie Poching
Poching captained Samoa in the 2000 World Cup
Leeds back row forward Willie Poching has announced his retirement.

The 32-year-old made the decision after learning that a knee injury would keep him out for the rest of the season.

Poching had agreed a new 12-month contract at the start of the month but will now retire and take up a role on the Rhinos backroom staff.

"I tried to look down the track and I don't think I would physically be able to perform to what the team needs a year from now," he said.

"When I signed the extension I was keen and willing to play.

"I have had a good career and a good time but it was always going to end at some time."

Poching, who joined the Rhinos from Wakefield in 2002, underwent surgery earlier this week when the true extent of the injury, which was sustained in training, became clear.



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