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Jayson Bukuya retires from rugby league

Premiership-winning Sharks forward Jayson Bukuya has decided to retire from rugby league, effective immediately.

The 31-year-old back-rower, who played in Cronulla's 2016 grand final win, made the decision to retire before the NRL returned from its COVID-19-enforced hiatus after earlier deciding this would be his final season.

Bukuya played 168 matches for the Sharks and 18 for the Warriors during a single season away from Cronulla in 2014. He made his NRL debut with the Sharks in 2008.

"We wish Jayson all the best and congratulate him on a great career," Sharks coach Morris, who also played alongside Bukuya, said.

"He will always be treasured at the club for not only being a part of the 2016 premiership-winning team but also for the great person he was.

"He was an outstanding clubman who always gave his best both on and off the field."

He played 11 Test matches for Fiji, including appearances at the 2008 and 2013 World Cups.