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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Dallaglio to play on next season
By Simon Austin

Lawrence Dallaglio
Dallaglio has not always been first choice for Wasps this season
Wasps skipper Lawrence Dallaglio says he is "certainly not" going to retire at the end of the season.

The former England captain recently said he was considering his future, but he is now determined to carry on.

"I am certainly not going to be retiring at the end of the season, whether I go to the World Cup or not," the 34-year-old said.

"I think I've got a big part to play here - as a player and helping the development of the younger players."

The former England captain has not played for his country since their 2006 Six Nations defeat by France.

And last month a downbeat Dallaglio, who was preparing for Wasps' Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster, suggested he could be about to call it a day.

I couldn't imagine competing at this time of year with nothing to play for

Lawrence Dallaglio

"I'm contracted next season but I'll take a view at the end of this season,'' he said.

"I need to make sure that I get a good pre-season, which didn't happen this year. I certainly could have played better. So, we'll see."

The player laughed on Tuedsay as he recalled these words.

He joked: "I think I just had an argument with the wife before I came down here!"

Wasps could potentially repeat their 2004 Premiership and Heineken Cup double this season.

They take on Northampton in the Heineken semi-finals in Coventry on Sunday, and currently occupy the fourth Premiership play-off spot, albeit with fifth-placed Bristol only a point behind.

Dallaglio, who is 35 in August, said: "I am well motivated at this time of year and very excited about it.

"I couldn't imagine competing at this time of year with nothing to play for. This is what it's all about, this is what everyone puts the hard work in for."

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