Veteran Andrew Hore has confirmed he has put on the All Blacks jersey for the last time.
The 35-year-old confirmed the inevitable at Auckland International Airport this morning, where he returned after the All Blacks completed their perfect season.
"I don't think I'll put on the All Blacks jersey again. I've had a good run, and hopefully I'll get home and make a good fist of my next job, which is going to be a farmer," Hore told media today.
"Hopefully if I do that as well as I've played rugby then I shouldn't be going too badly."
Hore, who made his debut in 2002, played 83 Tests in his career and capped it off by being involved in the All Blacks' dramatic 24-22 win over Ireland in Dublin on Monday.
"You have your ups and downs and you've just got to flow with them but I think 10 years in the All Blacks makes you a better person by the time you come out the other end," he said
"I've obviously had a few times - in the media and that - but mostly it hasn't been too bad. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy life now."
Hore's retirement now creates an issue for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen who must find a third hooker to develop ahead of the 2015 World Cup in England.
Dane Coles, introduced to the national side in late 2012 to be groomed by Hore and fellow veteran Keven Mealamu, has now won 15 caps and on the end-of-season tour appeared to have grown into the role and become accustomed to Test rugby.
Hansen also instigated a familiarisation scheme earlier this year inviting promising players to spend a week with the All Blacks in camp.
The Highlanders' Liam Coltman (23), Crusaders Ben Funnell (23) and Hurricanes' Motu Matu'u (26) have emerged as likely contenders to battle for the place of third hooker next season.
- With Reuters