EDINBURGH prop Allan Jacobsen has announced his retirement from international rugby, bringing to an end a run of 65 caps which began back in 2002.
The 34-year-old cited a desire to spend more time with his wife and their two-year-old daughter as the reason for calling time on his Scotland career.
Jacobsen won the last of his caps when he came off the bench against New Zealand ten days ago. When he was omitted from last week’s match with South Africa, speculation began that he was about to call time on his Test career, and confirmation came yesterday afternoon.
“To play international rugby you have to be absolutely committed,” Jacobsen said. “You have to make sacrifices and do all the extra stuff in training and preparation to be right.
“I’ve always tried to do that throughout my career and playing for Scotland has meant the world to me, but the minute there is the possibility of it feeling like a chore... well, that’s the slippery slope for me and I would never want to do
anything that would either
devalue the Scotland jersey or anything that I’ve achieved.
“My focus now will be on doing everything I can to bring success to Edinburgh. My desire to play for Edinburgh is really strong,” he added.
Scotland coach Andy Robinson paid tribute to the forward, nicknamed Chunk, making special mention of the determination he showed in fighting back from injury five years ago. “Chunk has been a great servant of the Scotland team and on behalf of the team management I want to thank him for all his endeavours,” Robinson said. “I particularly admire how hard he worked to fight back from injury after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the effort he put in to be our starting prop in all four games at last year’s World Cup in New Zealand.
“Chunk has often said that rugby has been good for him and his family and now that he wants to make his wife Gayle and daughter Maisie a bigger priority, then I’m sure all rugby people will support Chunk at this time and in the future.”