One of Canada’s best all-time rugby players is calling it a career to pursue a fire-fighting position in his hometown.
30-year-old John Moonlight of Pickering, Ontario, leaves the sport ranked second on Rugby Canada’s all-time tries list with 116 and is third in points this season for Canada.
Moonlight has 16 tries and 80 points through eight tournaments on the year.
‘Mooner’ made his sevens debut in Hong Kong in 2009 and has made more appearances on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series than any Canadian with 65.
His 318 total World Series matches is a Canadian record and 14th highest all-time.
Moonlight has been named Canada’s Sevens Player of the Year on four consecutive occasions.
With Canada’s Fifteens, Moonlight made his debut in 2009 and scored three international tries at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.