Whitaker to quit Australia after Super 14



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Scrumhalf Chris Whitaker will quit Australian rugby at the end of the Super 14 in May and move to an (as yet un-named) European club, effectively ending his international career.

The 31 year old has spent his entire international career as backup to Wallabies skipper George Gregan and gained just 31 caps in seven years, despite being named to the side for more than 60.

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) rules restrict the national side to selecting players resident in Australia.

“The decision I made is not based on what’s happening at the Wallabies or … at New South Wales, it’s more a personal decision,” Whitaker said. “It’s something I always wanted to do and I’d be disappointed if I hadn’t.”

Whitaker said he would have liked to have played more games for Australia but that he was proud of his career.

“I suppose everyone’s got regrets, but I’m more than happy with what I’ve done,” he said.”I never thought I’d play for first grade at Randwick, so to do what I’ve done is beyond my wildest dreams.”

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