Former England centre Dan Hipkiss forced to retire due to a shoulder injury
Bath centre Dan Hipkiss has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect due to a shoulder injury.
Last Updated: 22/05/13 3:29pm
The 30-year-old, who won 13 caps for England, suffered the injury during the Aviva Premiership defeat away to Wasps last January.
Hipkiss signed a new deal with Bath in March but after seeking medical advice, he was left with no option but to hang up his boots.
"This is obviously a really sad time for me, but the decision has really been taken out of my hands which has made it a little bit easier," said Hipkiss, who joined Bath from Leicester in 2011.
"It's not the way anyone wants to leave the game, but when the doctor tells you it's time you have to listen to them.
"I've loved my time at Bath, and was really looking forward to another year here. The club have made some great signings in the likes of Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Anthony Watson, and I was excited to play alongside them and be part of their development, as well as the club's future."
Hipkiss won a Premiership and LV= Cup double with Leicester in 2007, keeping Lions centre Ollie Smith out of the side, and picked up a World Cup runners-up medal with England later that year.
"Dan is a great character to have around the squad, and the knowledge of and enthusiasm for the game that he has is something we will really miss around the place," said Bath head coach Gary Gold.
"He'd just signed a new contract to stay on with the club, and we were looking forward to him helping us develop some of the younger talent that we have coming into the squad.
"It's never nice when one of your players is forced into making this decision, but we wish Dan all the very best with whatever he does next."