WARRIORS centurion Sam Betty will retire from rugby at the end of the season.
The flanker, who joined Worcester from Cornish Pirates in 2011, has made 120 appearances during his time at Sixways and was instrumental during the club’s promotion-winning Championship season in 2014/15, scoring 18 tries in 22 appearances.
Betty was voted ‘Players’ Player of the Year’ in 2012 before being named ‘True Warriors’ and ‘Supporters Player’ of the Season in 2014.
Off the pitch, the 30-year-old has undertaken the role of player ambassador for Acorns Children’s Hospice in recent years.
He has been an integral part of the work the club have done with the charity and received recognition for his efforts when he was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Aviva Community Player of the Season’ award in 2016.
“I’ve worked under some top-class coaches and played alongside some fantastic players during my six years at the club, so it’s with a heavy heart I’ve decided to call time on my career,” said Betty.
“As with all players, I’ve experienced some real highs and lows during my time at the club and our Championship play-off win against Bristol in 2015 is something that will live with me forever.
“My work with Acorns has meant a great deal to me and I’ve met some wonderful families at the hospice since I started visiting in 2012. I plan to continue my work with the charity now that I’ll have a little more time on my hands,” he added.
Head coach Carl Hogg said: “Sam is a player who has embodied the true meaning of the word ‘warrior’ and has produced whole-hearted performances every time he’s pulled on the blue and gold shirt.
“He was an influential part of the squad during our successful promotion campaign and we wish him the very best of luck in the future.”