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Gareth Ellis announces international retirement

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Retired with immediate effect.

 

I think he got the heads up that he wasn't going to be in the squad...

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Been a terrific player but I'm glad this decision has been taken as I think we have better options. Could also be of huge benefit to Hull next season in a JP kind of way

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Good decision for Ellis and for England I think. I don't think his performances this year put him in the top 10 English second rowers, but he's had a great career and has been a brilliant player.

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I think he got the heads up that he wasn't going to be in the squad...

Exactly what I was thinking.

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Has been a fantastic player for England and Great Britain but on this seasons form he probably wasn't going to be selected anyway.

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He hasn't suddenly become a bad player and I agree he probably wouldn't have been selected for the WC,but a good rest in off seasons will do him good and extend his career.Good on yer Gaz

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Hasn't looked the player of old at Hull this season,maybe the off season rest will revitalise him.A fantastic player on the international stage,always gave 100%.

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Part of the BBC team for the World Cup

 

Even dafter than when they let the Maori take part, if you ask me.

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Ellis announces international retirement

England player Gareth Ellis has today announced his retirement from international Rugby League with immediate effect, ruling himself out of selection for Rugby League World Cup 2013.
The 32-year-old second row has reached his decision following consultation with England coach Steve McNamara and officials at Hull FC, the club he captained to the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final and Super League play-offs this summer.
Ellis, who joined Hull FC at the end of last season following a successful four-year spell with Wests Tigers in the NRL, had been a contender for England selection this autumn but has opted to concentrate on his club career.
“It’s no secret that I’m heading towards the latter part of my career and after picking up untimely knocks over the last couple of years, I feel it is time for me to focus on my club,” said Ellis, who has played 22 games for England, as well as 17 caps for Great Britain.
“It will allow me more time to rest up and recover before taking part in a full pre-season, something I haven't done since 2002 ,and hit the ground running in 2014.
“It’s been something I've been thinking about for a long time and it's been a very tough call to make as I was always very proud to represent England and it will be extremely disappointing to miss the World Cup.
“I feel this could be the strongest England team for some years, but after 12 years I’ve had my opportunities on the international scene and I want to focus on a big year for Hull FC.
“We made it to Wembley this year which was a great achievement, but I want to be there again next year and the year after. I want to be able to play my part for the club week in and week out, and make a contribution to help us achieve things and I feel the best way for me to do that now is to retire from international rugby.
He added, “Steve [McNamara] was very understanding when I spoke to him regarding my decision and I would like to wish him and the team the very best of luck ahead of the upcoming tournament.
“I will certainly be supporting the boys from the stands and I hope to see as many Hull FC fans there getting behind England throughout the tournament.”
England coach Steve McNamara said: “Gareth has made a massive contribution to England, both on and off the field, where his attitude was never anything other than totally professional.
“The standards of his performances with Wests Tigers demonstrated that England players are among the best in the world and though he has had a difficult season with injury I have no doubts that he has lots to offer Hull FC in the years to come.
“We fully understand the reasons behind his decision and wish him all the very best for the future.”

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Hopefully this opens the door for Kirmond to wear the 11 shirt with Westwood number 12.

He's been a quality player Gareth, but he has been off form this season. If McNamara has advised him of the decision then credit to him for not picking on reputation.

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Been a class player for a long time but form hasnt been good enough for wc. Stil has loads to offer at hull. Think itl b westwood and hock at 2nd row. Ferris and farrell defo in the wc squad. As read tht mcbanana has tild kirmond he isnt in his thinking.

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Think Ellis might have made the squad but would probably have been a fringe player, so this is a good decision. Be good to see him go full steam for Hull next season.

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Shame its only England he retired from.

Not one good game all season not one clean bust all season

Not a patch on willie manu or danny tickle or richard whiting.

In my opinion the reason Hull had such a bad season was he was made captain and upset the squad

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Shame its only England he retired from.

Not one good game all season not one clean bust all season

Not a patch on willie manu or danny tickle or richard whiting.

In my opinion the reason Hull had such a bad season was he was made captain and upset the squad

couldnt agree more, said when he signed-waste of money crocked former great looking for 1 last pay day. shame

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have abit of respect.....gareth has been one of our best players during the last 10 years...

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have abit of respect.....gareth has been one of our best players during the last 10 years...

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have abit of respect.....gareth has been one of our best players during the last 10 years...

He was outstanding for the majority of his time in the NRL and always played well for England/GB. I wonder if the injuries this season have had an influence on this decision.

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Ellis has been a great player and i think he still has a lot to offer.

 

But i ask the question, which English players have actually returned to Super League from the NRL as better players or enhanced the game over there ?

 

Gaz Ellis

Mark Flanagan

Keith Mason

Ian Sibbit

Mark Edmonson

Chris Thorman

Richard Mathers

Jordan Tansey

 

It would be interesting to see if some of the younger players such as Daniel Smith and Matty Russell who have spent time in the Holden Cup would make an impact in SL if given the chance. 

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Ellis has been a great player and i think he still has a lot to offer. But i ask the question, which English players have actually returned to Super League from the NRL as better players or enhanced the game over there ? Gaz EllisMark FlanaganKeith MasonIan SibbitMark EdmonsonChris ThormanRichard MathersJordan Tansey It would be interesting to see if some of the younger players such as Daniel Smith and Matty Russell who have spent time in the Holden Cup would make an impact in SL if given the chance.

Of that lot, Gaz Ellis apart, they were all run around players over here, before they went to Oz. A question of Wakey, Salford etc over here, or lower grade over there with a bit of sun on your back. Know which I'd choose despite the lure of Westgate on a Friday night!

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