Hamilton retires from Test rugby

Date published: September 2 2015

Scotland second row Jim Hamilton has announced his retirement from international rugby after missing out on the World Cup squad.

Hamilton was among the names left out by head coach Vern Cotter during Tuesday's squad announcement.

The Saracens lock won 63 caps for his country, making his debut back in 2006 against Romania at Murrayfield.

"Today is both a sad day and a day that I feel extremely proud to have had, for I announce my retirement from international rugby," said Hamilton in a statement on his Twitter account.

"15 years ago today I was on the bare bones of my arse. Never in a million Saturday afternoons did I think I would represent this beautiful country of Scotland 63 times on the rugby field.

"I have loved every single moment of wearing the thistle and feel extremely humble to have done it for nine years.

"Thank you to my wife and children for supporting me along the way. Thank you to the Scottish supporters for making the matches so special.

"A huge thank you to Frank Hadden for giving me my first opportunity in 2006, and also to Dr James Robson and Steven Mutch for patching me together so many times, kit man John Pennycuick (Cookie) and Gav Scott (team manager) for keeping me grounded.

"Scottish rugby has not only given me the opportunity to play rugby at the highest level but has given me the platform to be a better man. 

"I wish everyone involved with Scottish rugby all the best and I know consistent success is around the corner #63notout."