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28th May, 2022

Garvey to hang up his boots after 13-year career as a pro

Evesham Editorial 13th May, 2022

WARRIORS lock Matt Garvey has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old will bring the curtain down on a 13-year playing career that took him from London Irish, to Bath, then Gloucester with his final season coming with Warriors.

Garvey also won representative honours with England Saxons and captained Bath between 2017 and 2019 during his seven-year stint at The Rec.

“I have loved every minute of my 13 seasons in professional rugby and it’s something that I never thought that I would have been able to achieve,” Garvey said.

“I have made some friends in rugby that transcend the sport and I am grateful to all the clubs that game me the opportunity to represent them.

“Running out at Twickenham with my two kids as captain of Bath in The Clash was a treasured moment as was playing in a Premiership final.

“Rugby has also given me the chance to travel all over Europe and play in some of the biggest stadiums. It’s given me the chance to see different places and to play with and against some world-class players.

“A huge thank-you to my family who have supported me through my rugby journey and also to all the coaches and team-mates who have helped me throughout my career.”

Garvey has made more than 180 Premiership appearances since he made his debut for London Irish as a replacement against Bath in February 2010 with his most recent coming for Worcester against Harlequins at Sixways in February.

He also made 47 appearances in European competition, 30 of them in what is now the Heineken Champions Cup

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