Tipuric Retires from International Rugby

The 33-year-old ex-Wizard has announced his retirement from International rugby with immediate effect.

Wales flanker Justin Tipuric has announced his retirement from international rugby, four months before the Rugby World Cup begins in France.

Justin Tipuric earned a Lions tour place of Australia in 2013 and played in one test as a replacement and also played against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. He also toured Australia in 2012 with the Wales team.

His grandfather hailed from Croatia, but the family home is in Trebanos, for whom Justin played before coming to Aberavon (33 games, four tries) and then on to the Ospreys in 2010.

“During the off-season I’ve had time to reflect on my playing career and now seems the right time to step away from international rugby, It’s been a privilege to put on the Welsh jersey and have so many great memories.” Tipuric said in a statement.

He gained his first cap for Wales under-18s in 2007 against England while studying at Swansea College and also appeared for Wales at Sevens and under-20s, playing 15 times with the latter in 2008-09 and scoring seven tries.

Injury prevented him touring with Wales to South Africa in 2014 and likewise to New Zealand in 2016. He scored tries for Wales against Ireland in both the non-Championship games and Uruguay in the World Cup, all in 2015, then against South Africa in 2016, but his international career had been hampered by skipper Sam Warburton taking the open-side flanker role and also by concussion in 2016 against Italy.

In 2017 he played five matches on the Lions tour of New Zealand and then injury caused him to miss three of the 2017 Autumn Internationals. He notched his seventh try for Wales against Italy in 2018 and then played for Wales in the Commonwealth Games Sevens in Australia.

In 2019 he played four times in the Grand Slam. Then continued to blossom in the Welsh shirt notching up a total of 93 caps for Wales.