Gloucester and England full-back Olly Morgan has been forced to retire, due to a ongoing knee problem.

The 27-year-old hasn't played since suffering knee ligament damage in Gloucester's game against Worcester at Sixways back in January 2012, and was initially ruled out for the remainder of the season.

But an infection and other recurrences left him in rehab, and he says he wouldn't be able to keep up with the demands of the game.

Morgan told the BBC: "The training, playing and continuous process is hard for a fit player, so for me, it just wouldn't be possible".

He made his debut for the Cherry and Whites back in 2004, and went onto play for the club 131 times, scoring 150 points. 

"I was really pleased with how the rehab had gone. But like with many guys who retire with knee injuries they feel they get close, but with professional rugby as it is nowadays, it made me think it couldn't cope," he added.

"The gutting thing is how hard I've worked. That's the hard part to take. You always think in the back of your mind 'can I defy the odds?'. But I know I've made the right decision."

Morgan broke into the England side during the 2007 Six Nations, against Scotland, and played in the same tournament against Ireland at Croke park, but that was to be he last international appearance as he suffered a shoulder injury that ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

He was also selected for the national side during their summer matches in 2009, but never put on the jersey.

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