Newcastle and Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson has announced his retirement from rugby, after seeking medical advice over an injury to his wrist.
The 32-year-old international was forced to quit the sport with immediate effect, after doctors advised him to make the decision as he continued to struggle with a chronic wrist condition.
"I'm obviously gutted to have been forced to stop playing the game I love," Lawson told the BBC.
"I'll always look back on my career with immense pride."
Lawson made 31 appearances for his national team, while captaining Scotland on five occasions since his debut against Australia in 2006.
He appeared 23 times for the Newcastle Falcons last season as they were promoted to the Aviva Premiership, following his move from Gloucester.
"I am not entirely sure what the future holds at this stage, but there are a few opportunities to explore."
Lawson made his name in Edinburgh, before the half back left Scotland for Gloucester in 2006.
After six seasons with the club, he chose to drop down to the Championship, helping the Falcons earn promotion back to the Premiership.
But thanks to his wrist injury, Lawson's career has been cut short, much to the disappointment of both Newcastle players and staff.
Dean Richards, Falcons director of rugby praised Lawson and the impact he has had on the sport.
"Rory has been a magnificent servant to the game and he will be sorely missed," said Richards.
"He's a quality player, whose enthusiasm, wealth of knowledge and experience has really rubbed off on our players ever since he arrived at the club."
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