Phil Waugh has today confirmed that he will be retiring from professional rugby with immediate effect. Waugh is the most-capped player in the history of NSW Rugby, and he has also captained his state on almost twice as many occasions than any other player.

His 79 Tests place him twelfth on the Wallabies all-time list, and he has also had the honour of leading his country.

Waugh said that while he still feels physically and mentally capable of playing at the highest level for a few years yet, he believes now is the right time to move into a career in business.