- Injury forces Oliver to retire
- Oliver retires with 43 caps
Bristol centre/fly half Kim Oliver has decided to stand down from international rugby with immediate effect.
The 29-year-old, who won 43 caps and appeared in the 2006 Rugby World Cup, has reluctantly retired because of an ongoing knee injury.
“This is a very hard decision to make and a very sad decision but I know that the time is right,” said Oliver, who works for Premiership side Bath Rugby as a Community Rugby Coach.
“I have been playing rugby for 20 years now, starting off as a junior at Chippenham RFC and then working my way up to Bristol and then the England Rugby set-up. I have had some very happy memories; highs being playing in the 2006 Rugby World Cup final and also beating New Zealand in our autumn international series over here. Nothing can also beat playing rugby with your best friends and I can firmly say that about playing with my England Rugby teammates.
“I also have to thank many people who have been instrumental in my rugby career including England Head Coach Gary Street, the RFU, the English Institute of Sport and of course my family and friends. They have all been massively supportive during my time with England.”
Oliver made her England debut in 2006 against Samoa and went on to play in five Six Nations campaigns, of which England won four championship titles. She has played for England Academy, England U18s and also England A.
England Head Coach Street said: “I have known Kim all through her rugby career and it has been a delight working with her – I have enjoyed seeing her develop from playing junior rugby to becoming a world-class player. She has played at the top level of the game for quite some time and it is a real shame that injury has forced her into retirement.”