FORMER Edinburgh and Scotland full back Hugo Southwell has announced his retirement from rugby.
The Wasps player, 33, has conceded defeat on medical advice in his battle to overcome a hamstring injury.
Southwell, who has hurt during pre-season preparations for the current campaign, made his Test debut in 2004, going on to win 59 caps.
Wasps were his fifth club following spells with Bristol, Worcester. Edinburgh and Stade Francais.
Southwell’s final appearance for Scotland came against Wales at Murrayfield during the Six Nations three years ago.
“This has been a very difficult time for me, and I am absolutely gutted that I have been forced to retire,” he said.
“It is a situation that I never thought I would find myself in, and nothing quite prepares you for it. I believed I had so much more to give, which is why Terry Evans, our physio, and I tried everything possible to get me fit after I sustained the injury in pre-season last year.
“I am extremely grateful for all his efforts, along with the rest of the physio team.”