Thom Evans came through his first bit of competitive rugby since 2010 with a try-scoring return at the Dubai International Open.
Evans scored two tries in the first two minutes of a 45-0 win for the UR7s Wanderers.
The Scotland international was forced to retire in 2010 after suffering a serious injury playing in the Six Nations against Wales, where he almost broke his neck.
All rugby fans are bound to welcome the sight of Evans playing again after having his career cut short at 25, with 10 Test caps to his name.
“I forgot how it felt to put a rugby ball down over the try line,’ Evans told the Daily Mail.
“This whole thing feels very emotional. I never thought I would play again, so to be back here is a blessing.
“I had a lot of mixed emotions going into it, but I’m fortunate to be with such a good bunch of boys.
“I fitted in quite comfortably and felt like I had never left the game, to be honest, although I was a bit apprehensive at first. I had done a lot of training, but not rugby specific.”