Edinburgh Rugby stalwart John Houston today announced his retirement, aged 31.
The centre/wing made 85 appearances for the Capital outfit but has more recently been part of the national sevens squad, who have also released Mike Maltman.
Maltman, who helped Heriot’s lift the Scottish Cup last season between sevens assignments, has indicated he will be moving south to begin a career in teaching having previously played with Moseley after starting out at Musselburgh.
As well as gaining sevens caps, Houston represented Scotland A 11 times.
On his home debut for Edinburgh in 2008, he scored a touchdown against Ulster and followed up with a score against Toulouse - a strike that earned him the region’s “try of the season” award.
Houston said: “I have absolutely loved playing rugby professionally, every part of the journey. I signed later than most players, at 24, but I was so pleased Edinburgh Rugby took a gamble on me. Some of my career highlights were with Scotland 7s, in Delhi in 2010 and when we reached the World Series semi-final in 2009.”