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Anasta announces retirement

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August 17, 2014 11:45:37 UK

Braith Anasta has declared his rugby league career is over, after suffering a season-ending biceps injury.

The 32-year-old heads into retirement having played 288 first-grade matches and four Tests for Australia.

He made 31 appearances for Wests Tigers over his past two seasons, after earlier starring with the Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters.

Anasta, who won all his Kangaroos caps in 2001, played 10 times for NSW in State of Origin across six seasons and won the premiership with the Bulldogs in 2004. NSW are 2.05 to win the 2015 State of Origin.

He said: “What I’ve achieved over a long period of time, I feel very lucky and blessed.”

It was not always positive for the 2010 Dally M captain of the year, he admits. “Leaving the Roosters was tough. It was home for me for such a long time, telling the boys (I was leaving) was really difficult.

“And the Bulldogs’ salary-cap scandal thing (2002), when we lost competition points, was also difficult because I was sort of the face of it. I think I felt responsible for us losing all our points. I took that very personally.”

Anasta said he feels the Tigers, who are 4.35 to beat the Bulldogs, have a crop of talented players, and singled out Luke Brooks as a player who could potentially win a premiership with the club.

He said Brooks had an excellent attitude and was already ahead of the games in terms of meeting expectations, and hopes he will see out the rest of his career with the club.

As well as playing international games for Australia, Anasta made one appearance for Greece last year as he qualified through his father. He scored four tries and kicked 15 goals in their 90-0 win against Hungary in Budapest.

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