England legend Andrea Dobson retires from international rugby league

England's Andrea Dobson gets an offload away during the 2017 Womens Rugby League World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Sydney. (PIC: David Neilson/SWpix.com/PhotosportNZ)
England's Andrea Dobson gets an offload away during the 2017 Womens Rugby League World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Sydney. (PIC: David Neilson/SWpix.com/PhotosportNZ)
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RECORD-BREAKING former England captain Andrea Dobson has called time on her remarkable international career.

The Featherstone Rovers Ladies skipper has played in four World Cups.

She captained England in the last tournament in Australia in 2017, and has earned a record 24 caps since the Great Britain women’s team- for whom she had made her debut in 2003 - were replaced by England in 2007.

Prop Dobson said: “I’m 32 now and I was 16 when I made my Great Britain debut, so it’s been half of my life.

“But it feels like the right time, because I’ve got my young daughter to think about.

“I've played for the national team, whether Great Britain or England, for a very long time and have met some amazing people on the way, and had some excellent coaches which have made me the player, and person that I am now.

“I’d like to thank all those coaches, and all my team-mates over those years. The women’s game has come a long way in the years I’ve been playing, and I’ve enjoyed being part of that.”

Dobson added: “My favourite memories with England would be captaining the team for four years - there’s no higher honour in sport. I’d gone to watch Great Britain women play Australia at Dewsbury as a 13-year-old fan, so to be captain of my country was a dream come true.

“The World Cups are always a highlight - and having my daughter able to come and watch in Australia in 2017 was very special.

“There was also a game against New Zealand at Featherstone which was special for me, even though we lost.

“I’ll keep on playing for Featherstone in the Women’s Super League, but I think it’s the right time to step away from the extra demands of training and playing for England.”

Dobson led Featherstone to a Grand Final and Challenge Cup double in 2012, and captained the club in the first Women’s Super League Grand Final two years ago.

RFL rugby director Kevin Sinfield, who leads the England Performance Unit, said: “Andrea Dobson has played a significant part in the progress made by the England Women and Women’s Rugby League more generally over more than a decade.

“On behalf of the EPU and the RFL, it’s a privilege to congratulate her on that contribution, and on her international career.”