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Friday 15 December 2017

Hore calls time on All Blacks as he looks forward to farm life

Andrew Hore will serve a five-match ban
Andrew Hore will serve a five-match ban

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THE All Blacks' veteran hooker Andrew Hore has confirmed his retirement from international rugby after more than a decade in the side.

Hore (35) had been widely expected to retire after the All Blacks' end-of-season tour, an expectation that crystallised when he was not offered a contract with any of the five New Zealand Super Rugby franchises for next season.

"I don't think I'll be playing in the All Black jersey again," Hore, who won 83 caps since making his debut in 2002, said yesterday.

"I've had a good run. Hopefully, I can get home and make a good fist of my next job which is going to be a farmer. If I do that as well as I've played rugby then I shouldn't be going too bad."

Hore's last Test was against Ireland on Sunday when the Kiwis secured the first unbeaten season by a top-tier international team since the game went pro in 1995.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Ben Smith and Kieran Read and Wales' Leigh Halfpenny have been nominated for the International Rugby Players' Association players' player of the year award.

Full-back Halfpenny was named Six Nations player of the year as Wales defended their title and won player of the series after the Lions triumphed over Australia.

No 8 Read and utility back Smith played crucial roles in the All Blacks' perfect year.

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