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Club Rugby

Injury forces Newcastle and Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson to quit

The Scotland international scrum-half Rory Lawson has had to retire from rugby with immediate effect because of a chronic wrist injury.

The 32-year-old joined Newcastle from Gloucester last summer. Lawson won 31 Test caps, making his debut for Scotland against Australia in 2006, and he also captained his country on five occasions. "I am obviously gutted to have been forced to stop playing the game I love, but I will always look back on my career with immense pride," he said.