Newcastle and Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson has called time on his playing career due to a chronic wrist injury
The number nine has been troubled by the injury for some time and has now been advised to retire with immediate effect.
The 32-year-old brings to an end a 14-year career that saw him turn out for Edinburgh, Gloucester and the Falcons. Lawson retires with 31 Scotland caps to his name after making his international debut in 2006.
"I'm obviously gutted to have been forced to stop playing the game I love, but I'll always look back on my career with immense pride," Lawson told Newcastle's official website.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Newcastle Falcons, and I've loved every minute of my stay in the North East, a region that is passionate about its rugby.
"I'm not entirely sure what the future holds at this stage but there are a few opportunities to explore and I will continue to work closely with my RPA player development manager, Mandy Thompson, to identify what areas to focus on over the coming months and I'd like to thank her for her amazing support through this transition."
Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards paid tribute to all that Lawson has accomplished.
"Rory has been a magnificent servant to the game and he will be sorely missed," he said.
"He's a quality player, whose enthusiasm, wealth of knowledge and experience has really rubbed off on our players ever since he arrived at the club.
"I thank him for his commitment to the club last season in helping us achieve our main objective of Premiership rugby, and I think I speak on behalf of everyone at the club in wishing him all the very best for the future."