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Phil Waugh hangs up his boots

23 Jun 2011

Phil Waugh and Tyrone Carlin

Phil Waugh and Tyrone Carlin (Acting Dean, The University of Sydney Business School)

Phil Waugh, current Sydney Uni Elite Athlete Program scholarship holder and the most capped Waratah in the history of NSW Rugby Union, announced his retirement from professional rugby at the end of the 2011 season.

The 31-year-old, University of Sydney Business School graduate and current Master of Commerce student has 79 caps for the Wallabies and told a Sydney media conference this week that this would be his last season before he retires to begin a business career.

"It's been an honour and privilege to represent my state for the past 13 years and to represent my country over the past decade," said Waugh. "I'm excited about transitioning to the next phase of my life and the challenges I will face in forging a business career."

"I started playing when I was four at the Narrabeen Tigers and I need to thank the support I've had from everyone at all levels of the game - at Narrabeen, Warringah Juniors, the Shore School, Sydney University Football Club, NSW Rugby Union and the Australian Rugby Union."

An emotional Waugh, spoke at his press conference of the friendships and comradelier he has shared with his fellow team mates over the many years of playing rugby. "It will not only be the players that I have played with, but also against, that I will miss the most. Touring, going away with the guys, sitting on the team bus, all of those things is what makes this game so special. I have been fortunate enough to have made some lifelong friends along the way, not only in Australian but around the world" said Waugh.

"Phil has played an enormous role in Australian rugby for well over a decade, and he should be very proud of what he has achieved, not only as a player, but as a person as well," said SUFC President David Mortimer AO. "Phil has been a talented player, an outstanding role model and a positive cultural influence on so many young and aspiring players at Sydney University Football Club. We can never thank him enough for the support he has shown the Club over the many years."

For his beloved Sydney University club team Waugh has had 40 1st grade games and will run on when ever time permits. Waugh has even been known to run the water bottles on occasions!