Rugby: James King calls time on career

James King in action for Edinburgh Rugby. Picture: SNS/SRU

James King in action for Edinburgh Rugby. Picture: SNS/SRU

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Former Edinburgh star James King has finally admitted defeat in his bid to recover from a groin injury and extend his rugby career.

Utility back King, 27, was released at the end of last season after playing 32 times for Edinburgh and a further five for his initial outfit, Border Reivers.

In addition he had spells between the two Scottish sides at Riwaki rugby club in New Zealand and Italian club, L’Aquila.

“I hoped to get back but the over-riding factor is the possibility of being in a lot of pain and discomfort in later life,” said King, adding: “Going into coaching remains a possibility but for the moment I’m able to reflect on a decent career.”

Indeed, King was part of the Edinburgh team which topped a Heineken European Cup pool two years ago, sharing in the epic 48-47 win over Racing Metro at Murrayfield.

“From the moment my pro career began by coming off the bench for Reivers and immediately tackling Brian O’Driscoll of Leinster under our posts to the last game with Edinburgh I have crammed in a lot of good memories and experience,” added King.

Now the one-time age-group internationalist is concentrating on a youth coaching initiative, ProsLife, which holds another two-day camp at Raeburn Place tomorrow and Friday.

“As well as playing at a good level I have been coached by some of the very best, so hopefully there is much myself and former Edinburgh colleague Steven Turnbull can pass on.

“We have even persuaded Allan Jacobsen (ex Scotland) to get involved in passing on skills and after a successful stint last week in St Andrews “Chunk” will be at Raeburn Place offering advice.”

For further details of the Proslife course see: www.proslife.co.uk