AFTER two women's Rugby World Cups, two Super W premierships and countless personal accolades, Vincentia's Ash Hewson has confirmed that she won't be returning for Super W in 2020.
The inspirational skipper has chosen to hang up the boots after amassing an incredible sporting CV spanning multiple codes.
Hewson's service in Wallaroo Gold and Waratah Blue has been nothing short of distinguished, characterised by her incredible skill, heart and passion for the game.
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She has been the centre of some memorable moments for the NSW Waratahs Women since the inception of Super W some three years ago, leaving an incredible legacy for the next generation of Super W players.
Waratahs 2019 Super W coach Matt Evard paid tribute to Hewson following the announcement.
"I think she's such a good example for all the other girls around how much time she puts into her game," Evrard said.
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"Ash has pretty much got the full skill set needed for players of her position, and that's because she puts so much time into extras in key areas,"
"That commitment and attitude has rubbed off onto other players, I now see them putting in those extras and refining their skills because they've learnt from her.
"It didn't matter what level of competition, what game it was, she was always able to step up and deliver in the big moments.
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"I still think back to that first season of Super W where she was unsure of how much longer she wanted to play, and she copped a pretty significant shoulder injury in the first game - playing through a lot of pain for the entire season.
"For her to come up with a season-saving tackle on that shoulder just speaks to her character and her willingness to put everything on the line for the team."