Georgia's Mamuka Gorgodze retires from international rugby
Last Updated: 04/05/17 6:10pm
Mamuka Gorgodze, arguably Georgia's greatest-ever rugby union player, has called time on his international career.
The 32-year-old, who captained his country 13 times, won 71 international caps and competed in three World Cups in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
He will, however, continue to represent French Top 14 side Toulon at club level.
Explaining his decision, Gorgodze said: "I will be 35 by the time the 2019 World Cup is around.
"I can feel the effects of the age, and fitness will become even more difficult with time."
Gorgodze made his international debut against Spain in 2003 and was named Georgia's Player of the Year six times.
He even earned the accolade of Georgia's Sportsperson of the Year in 2011, while he has spent more than a decade playing rugby in France with Montpellier and Toulon.
He scored 26 tries for his country and had this message for Georgia's fans: "I want to thank them for the love and support which they gave me during my career."