Most capped forward calls time on his career

Petero Civoniceva

It is perhaps one of those records that you may not see broken for quite some time to come, and as a player, you know when the time is right – with Broncos prop Petero Civoniceva, announcing that he will retire at season’s end.

Civoniceva, who is the most capped forward in Australian test history will have a rousing farewell, as the Broncos will take on his former club, the Penrith Panthers, in Round 26.

Civoniceva enjoyed a strong start to the year, and put his hand up for Origin duties if required – but deep down, he knew that retiring was the right thing to do.

“The time is right,” he said.

“It is a hard decision to make and we would all like to continue on forever.

“But it is something that has been hanging over my head for a long time so now is the right time to make the call.

“I have put my hand up for representative footy and if I am called upon I will be ready to go.

“I have had a wonderful career and am indebted to rugby league for some of the best things in my life.”

Petero is the sort of player who will leave a lasting legacy at both the Broncos, as well as the NRL – and for Broncos Chief Executive Paul White, he believes Petero will leave just that. A legacy.

“It has been wonderful to watch the way Petero has carried himself, with the utmost honesty and respect,” said White.

“He is revered not only for the way he has played football, but probably even more so for his persona off the field.

“He has left our young men a yardstick to live up to in the future and in that vein Petero will have an ongoing role with the club.

“Our fans also recognise this about Petero and they will have several chances to thank him. As we run towards the end of the competition this year we have several big home games where they can pay their dues, including that final game against his old team, the Panthers.

“We believe that match is going to be just as special occasion as the one the crowd shared with Darren Lockyer last year.”

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