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Dan Lyle announces his retirement

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Leicester Tigers have announced that American back row Dan Lyle has retired from professional rugby, and will leave the club with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old will return to the United States, having joined Tigers in the summer from Bath.

Lyle played all four of the USA's matches in the rugby world cup, but has featured in only three games for Tigers due to his international commitments, scoring a try in the 27-17 win at Rotherham last Saturday.

Tigers director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Dan has decided to retire from professional rugby. He picked up a few bangs during the world cup, and having been given an excellent opportunity over in America, he has decided to return there."

Lyle, who has a total of 45 caps for the USA, said: "I'd like to thank Dean Richards and his staff for appreciating the chance that I have now in front of me, and for allowing me to pursue it.

"I'm retiring from all professional rugby now, although I've not decided if I'll play at all when I'm back in the States.

"I have a great opportunity facing me back home, which I can't really mention until everything is finalised, but I feel it will allow me to have more of a long-term effect off the pitch.

"What I would say to the Leicester fans is that I apologise for the premature departure, and I hope things go well for the club in the future."

ENDS

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