The captain of Harlequins and the former England number eight player has announced his retirement from the game at the age of 37.

So far in his career, Easter has won 54 England caps and for Quins he has played 281 times, it is more than any other player.

This forward player took the role of player-coach while working with the defense of Harlequins in April and he will now give his full time to coaching.

The player played three World Cups and in his presence, the team Quins won their title of the first Premiership in 2012.

Easter said,” I took time to think about my career when rugby director John Kingston offered me the role of player-coach.

“Now, I realized that whether I am involved in coaching or playing, it is not possible for me now to give my 100% to both the roles at the same time. Therefore, I thought, it is best to grab the chance of being a coach with both hands, and give my best shot in it. I really feel privileged to be in this position, meet people and players on my own terms. As a player I have spent 12 great years with Harlequins.”

When asked about the performance of Nick with Harlequins, Kingston said, “He has been an amazing and unbelievable servant to team Harlequins for more than a decade. He had played a pivotal role in the every success that team has achieved, he has been the heartbeat of all during the period, and he was with the team.”

“The Quins team in the absence of Nick at an instance may seem a strange team, influence of this player on the team will always be there and as coach, it will be felt more, as he was a wonderful coach as well.”