Dan Parks calls time on his rugby career

Dan Parks won 67 Scotland caps
Dan Parks won 67 Scotland caps
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Dan Parks, one of the most prolific points scorers in Scottish international rugby history, today announced his retirement from the game, aged 36.

Capped 67 times, Parks will be particularly remembered for two successful kicks - a drop goal which helped defeat England at Murrayfield in 2006, and a late penalty from near the touchline which clinched a win over Ireland at Croke Park four years later.

Few have polarised opinion quite as much as the Australian-born stand off who owed his eligibility to a grandfather from Ayrshire.

But his statistics - he had a 38 per cent win record - and ability to control games from stand off at the highest level entitled him to considerable respect.

Only Chris Paterson, Gavin Hastings and Andy Irvine have registered more than his 266 points for the national team and his 17 drop goals eclipsed the 12 achieved by John Rutherford in 42 Tests.

Parks is also the Pro 12 points record holder with 1582 scored for Glasgow, Cardiff and Connacht.

First capped in 2004 against Wales, he retired from internationals in 2012 immediately after being criticised for his display in the opening Six Nations match with England - a situation used to highlight - rightly or wrongly - a seemingly prickly temperament.