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Tallis retires from rep footy

30/09/2003 06:41:07 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane Broncos captain Gorden Tallis has announced his retirement from all representative rugby league, effective immediately.

The 30-year-old said his body could no longer handle the rigours of both club and representative football.

Tallis consulted coach Wayne Bennett and family before announcing the decision.

The Queensland State Of Origin captain was set to lead Australia on the Kangaroo tour of Britain and France next month but he says he's physically unable to give his best.

"Leading Australia on a Kangaroo tour's the highest honour but my body's told me it's just not up to it," Tallis said at the Broncos training ground.

"I've got one year left on my contract with the Broncos and I want to give that my best shot and we'll see what happens after that."

Bennett said the length of the representative season was taking its toll on the game's elite players.

Tallis, who has played seven Tests and 14 Origin matches for Queensland, nominated Broncos teammate Darren Lockyer as a possible Kangaroo tour captain.

A host of stars, headed by Test skipper Andrew Johns, have already withdrawn from the tour due to injury problems.

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