England utility back Josh Lewsey has announced his retirement from Test rugby.
The 32-year-old has won 55 caps and a World Cup-winners medal with England, but after failing to make Martin Johnson’s squad ahead of the Autumn internationals, he has been forced to reassess his Test ambition.
“I spoke with Martin on the phone earlier this week and as he didn’t consider me to be an integral part of his immediate team moving forward, I have decided that I would be better served committing myself entirely to my club, London Wasps,” said Lewsey.
“Playing, but more importantly winning, for your country is the most special feeling one can achieve. My last game for England was the semi-final of the World Cup in Paris last year and scoring the game’s only try was in hindsight a fitting moment to last wear a national jersey.”
Lewsey has ruled himself out for England, but still has hopes of playing for the British & Irish Lions against South Africa.
“Lastly it is still a huge goal of mine to be part of a winning Lions tour. Therefore, my decision is also made in that I believe performing well in a successful club team week in and week out gives me the best chance possible of being selected for next year’s Lions Tour.”