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Leicester and England lock Louis Deacon retires
ESPN Staff
February 17, 2015
Louis Deacon has been forced to retire from rugby © Getty Images
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England second-row Louis Deacon has retired from professional rugby.

Deacon, who won 29 caps for England, made 274 appearances for Leicester Tigers and won six Premiership titles and two Heineken Cups during his time there. He is a rare breed having been a one-club man and Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has paid tribute to him.

"Deacs is the epitome of the Leicester lad who came through at his hometown club to play at the very highest level of the game," Cockerill said. "He has always maintained the ethos of working hard and earning the respect of team-mates first and foremost, and he has been a central part of what makes this club tick for a long time.

"He has played in some very successful teams and enjoyed many big days in the team's colours. He has had the respect of those who have worked with him and those who have played against him over the last 14 seasons. We wish him well for the future and he will always be part of the Tigers Family at Welford Road."

Deacon is now working in Leicester's sponsorship and community departments and is starting his coaching career in the Spanish set-up. He was part of the coaching team that guided Spain to a 43-20 win over Russia.

"The game has moved massively in the 14 years since I made my debut, but I've loved every moment of it," Deacon said. "I have said many times that all I ever wanted to do was play one game for the Leicester Tigers, so to have the opportunity to do that more than 270 times, in massive games all over Europe and alongside so many great players, has been a huge honour. I had hoped to get to 300 but my body has finally beaten me!

"I believe loyalty is an important quality in the game and I've been very loyal to Leicester over a long time. It is the kind of club that you want to be part of for as long as possible in your career. I'd like to thank all of the players, coaches and staff who have been part of my career and also thank all of the Tigers supporters. I wish the Tigers all the very best for the future.

"I'll miss the training and the playing, and being part of a group of players who want to do their best for the team week in, week out. But now it is time to take on a new challenge, whether that is in the game or somewhere else."

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