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Wallaroos legend calls time on historic career

NEWS: Australia’s women’s rugby union captain Shannon Parry announced her retirement Monday after a long career that saw her play in four World Cups and win Olympic gold.

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The 33-year-old will hang up her boots after Saturday’s Test match against Fiji in Sydney to take up a coaching role within Rugby Australia.

“Shannon’s impact as both a player and a leader has been profound, and her commitment to the game has been exemplary,” said RA chief Andy Marinos.

“Her transition from player to coach is one to be celebrated and I look forward to seeing her career blossom as she represents Rugby Australia in a different capacity.”

The 33-year-old led the Wallaroos at last year’s Rugby World Cup – her fourth tournament appearance and third as captain after making her international debut against Wales at the 2010 edition in England.

The Wallaroos flanker also captained Queensland in the Super W competition, with the Reds reaching the grand final this year.

Parry will face off against Fijiana in her swansong Test at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

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“Representing Australian Rugby in both formats of the game has been an incredible journey,” Parry said in a statement.

“The opportunities I’ve had and the friendships I’ve made along the way have shaped my life in ways I never expected.”

She also co-captained the Sevens team to gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Parry won’t disappear from the game entirely, however.

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The Olympic champion will take on the position of national emerging sevens coach for Rugby Australia, and will lead a contingent to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago in August.

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