Kris Burton quits Italy before move to Newport Gwent Dragons

Kris Burton

Italy fly-half Kris Burton has retired from international rugby to concentrate on playing for new club Newport Gwent Dragons next season.

Australia-born Burton, who has won 21 caps and featured in this season's Six Nations, will move to Rodney Parade from Italian Pro12 rivals Treviso.

"I want to focus more on playing rugby and being with the family," said the 32-year-old.

"It's a good time for Italy to start blooding some young 10s."

Burton was one of four new recruits announced by the Dragons in April as they start to rebuild after a disappointing season that saw them finish one place above bottom side Zebre in the Pro12.

The adopted Italian helped Treviso finish in seventh place, scoring 69 points in 10 games.

"I still feel young so I'm going to play as long as I can," he added.

"Rugby in the UK is something I've never experienced. I think it's a good opportunity to help bring a lot of the young players through at the Dragons.

"I'm not going there to finish my career, I'm looking to play good rugby."

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