Matt Garvey has played about 200 Premier League matches, the last of which was against the Harlequins at the Sixways in February

Worcester Warriors striker Matt Garvey has retired from rugby.

During his 13-year career, he played more than 180 games in the Premier League, in which he played for the England Saxons and was captain of Bath from 2017 to 2019.

“I loved every minute of my 13 seasons in professional rugby. I never thought I would be able to achieve that,” Garvey said.

“I have made friends in rugby that go beyond sports and I am grateful to all the clubs that play with me for the opportunity to represent them.

“Running out to Twickenham with two kids as captain of Bath was a cherished moment, as was playing in the Premier League final.

“Rugby has also given me the opportunity to travel all over Europe and play in some of the biggest stadiums. It has given me the opportunity to see different places and play with some world-class players and against them.”

Garvey’s departure is part of a major revision of next season’s Warriors package by Steve Diamond, who is taking on the new role of rugby director at the end of that campaign.

All seven of their new subscriptions have so far been forwards – and they were last week brought to the former England number eight Nick Easter as a forward and defense coach.

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