Pearce retires from international football

MISSING OUT ON NATIONAL SELECTION WAS TAKING A TOLL ON HIS BODY SAYS PEARCE.

MISSING OUT ON NATIONAL SELECTION WAS TAKING A TOLL ON HIS BODY SAYS PEARCE.

In the wake of Cooper Cronk’s retirement from representative duties, rival Mitchell Pearce has also hung up his chance of ever wearing a green and gold jersey.

“I’ve had an amazing ride on the international scene,” Pearce said in between choking back tears.

“I will take with me so many great memories, like that time I listened in on the wireless to not hear my name read out, to that other time I watched the boys who were actually selected train from afar – it’s going to be hard to give all that up to be honest with you.”

Pearce was presented with an honorary jersey by Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga this morning.

“We thought it was a nice thing to do to Mitch seeing how much the poor guy wanted one,” Meninga said.

“We also sterilised the jersey to make it especially clean, we know how much he enjoys playing in rep jerseys that look like they haven’t been used.”

Pearce hopes his retirement from not playing for Australia will allow him to focus on not playing for NSW next year.

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