Former Scotland flanker Ross Rennie has been forced to retire at the age of just 28 because of persistent injury.
The Scotland international suffered an injury during October and has been sidelined since.
Rennie suffered the injury while playing for Bristol, who he joined in January 2014. He made 13 appearances for the club, scoring seven tries.
The openside flanker earned 20 caps for Scotland in an impressive career at the highest level, representing 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,” said Rennie.
“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 and 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 made his name at his hometown club, Edinburgh, making 91 appearances and scooping the Player’s Player of the Year award in 2008.
“We’re sad to see Ross’ career cut short by injury because he has been an influential player for us over the past twelve months,” said Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson, who had previously worked with Rennie with both Scotland and Edinburgh.
“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.”