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Rugby union: End of the Rhodes for Jonty.

SOUTH Africa's Jonty Rhodes has brought down the curtain on his international career.

The 33-year-old legend, whose broken hand has put him out of the first phase of the World Cup, believes he has probably played his last game for his country.

``I always made it my intention that I would retire after the World Cup,'' he said.

``This broken hand is a bit premature but unless something happens to someone else down the line then this is it.''

The middle-order batsman and world-class fielder added: ``It is not quite the script I envisaged. ``I saw one newspaper headline saying `broken dream', but to have played 245 one-day internationals and participated in four World Cups, there's nothing to be ungrateful for.

``It has been a privilege to play for my coun t r y.''

Rhodes, set to play for Gloucestershire this coming season, said: ``I'm going to play cricket in the UK for six months. ``I'm going to take it one season at a time but I have no definite plans long-term.

``Maybe I will take up surfing, - it's safer.''
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 14, 2003
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