Bradford Bulls forward Anthony England retires at 34

Bradford Bulls prop Anthony England - who has had spells with Wakefield Trinity, Dewsbury Rams and Featherstone Rovers - has announced his retirement from the sport due to injury.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 5:29 pm
Anthony England in action for Wakefield Trinity (ALLAN MCKENZIE/SWPIX)

The ex-Warrington Wolves front-row started out briefly with Castleford Tigers but honed his game in the lower tiers with Gateshead Thunder, hometown Dewsbury and Featherstone before returning to Super League.

He made more than 250 appearances and joined Bradford from Wakefield at the end of 2019.

England, 34, was ever-present throughout the early stages of last season before the campaign was cut short due to coronavirus.

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Bulls head coach John Kear, whose side start their Championship campaign against Sheffield Eagles on Sunday, said: "We are obviously very saddened by the news Anthony has been forced to retire from the game due to injury problems.

“He will be a big loss to us. Ant is someone who I got to know well over the years as a person not just a player and he was a real warrior; he always put his body on the line.

"Even in the short time he was with us last year I think the Bradford supporters were impressed by what they saw and it is unfortunate that we could not see more of him in the red, amber and black.

"He has certainly left a legacy with our younger players in the squad who learned so much from him during his time with us.

"On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to wish Anthony the very best of luck in his retirement and thank him for his services at the Bradford Bulls