Bristol and Scotland flanker Ross Rennie retires from professional rugby
Last Updated: 14/01/15 7:59pm
Bristol flanker Ross Rennie is retiring from professional rugby with immediate effect due to a neurological problem.
The Scotland international suffered the injury last October and has been out of action since.
Rennie made 13 appearances for Bristol following his arrival in January 2014 and scored seven tries during his time at Ashton Gate.
The 28-year-old has earned 20 caps for Scotland and represented his country at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
“I feel very privileged to have been a professional rugby player and will take away some great memories from playing the game,” Rennie said.
I feel very privileged to have been a professional rugby player and will take away some great memories from playing the game.
“Obviously, it’s disappointing to stop playing the game that I love, but the support I’ve received from Bristol Rugby has been brilliant.
“I feel very fortunate that the sport has given me the opportunity to travel the world, meet new people and represent my country – something that I’m immensely proud of.
“It’s been a wonderful experience to represent Bristol – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I cannot thank the coaches, and the medical staff enough for all the time and effort they have given to me.
“The players and supporters of Bristol Rugby have been brilliant and made me feel very welcome from the outset. I wish Andy and my teammates all the best for the remainder of the campaign.”
Rennie came to prominence with Edinburgh, making 91 appearances with his hometown club and scooping the Players' Player of the Year award in 2008.
Bristol Director of Rugby Andy Robinson said: “We’re sad to see Ross’ career cut short by injury because he has been an influential player for us over the past 12 months.”
“I’ve worked with Ross from a young age and, at his peak, he was one of the best openside flankers in the Northern Hemisphere – a world class performer.
“Unfortunately, injuries have hampered Ross’ progress, but his attitude and willingness to learn has not been dampened. He can leave the sport proud of his international achievements and with some great memories.”