Former Trinity hooker to hang up his boots

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London Broncos’ French hooker Julien Rinaldi has announced his decision to retire after today’s final Super League game of the season against Hull KR.

The 33-year-old former French international has spent the last eight seasons in Super League and is in his second spell with the Londoners.

“I started thinking about retiring when I was struggling with an ankle injury earlier in the season,” he said.

“I managed to come back from that but it’s been a long time now I’ve been playing professionally and my body is telling me that it’s time to stop.

“It’s been a hard decision to make. There’s a really good group of people at the Broncos but I wanted to do the right thing by the club and myself.”

Rinaldi began his career at his home-town club Villeneuve before making the move to Super League with Wakefield and also had stints at Catalan Dragons and Bradford before returning to the capital 12 months ago.

Broncos coach Tony Rea said: “He’s a terrific man and a terrific player. It’s easy to tell he is French, like a good red he just keeps on getting better with age. We all look forward to his last contribution on the field – it will be his best as usual.”

The Londoners have also confirmed that veteran prop Karl Temata, the club’s longest-serving player, will leave after agreeing a deal with French side Limoux for 2013.

Temata has made 137 appearances since joining the Broncos from New Zealand Warriors in 2005 .

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