Double World Cup winner Kaino to retire at the end of the season

By Peter Thompson 22 December 2020 19
Double World Cup winner Kaino to retire at the end of the season

Toulouse's two-time Rugby World Cup winner Jerome Kaino says he will definitely retire at the end of this season.

The 37-year-old former New Zealand international, who lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in 2011 and 2015, had previously stated that he is likely to hang his boots up next year.

Kaino, who won 81 caps in an illustrious All Blacks career, has now confirmed he will bring his playing days to an end in 2021 but would like to remain with Top 14 club Toulouse in a coaching capacity.

"One hundred percent, this is my last year as a player," he told RMC Sport. "All the players who retire are used to saying it: you know when it is the right moment.

"I feel that I am not going to get any younger, although I still enjoy playing rugby. But I think new players are coming and in particular a new generation looking to the future. I am ready to hang up the spikes."

He added on the prospect of taking up a coaching role: "We talked about it with Ugo [head coach Mola] and Didier [president Lacroix].

"I would be very happy to work with them, because the club has been amazing for me and my family and I love my life in France. So if I can stay a few years learning French, I would like to stay."

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