Scotland and Glasgow back Rory Lamont announces retirement due to injury
Last Updated: 26/04/13 3:38pm
Rory Lamont: Failed to recover from broken leg suffered last year
Scotland international Rory Lamont has been forced to announce his retirement from all rugby due to injury.
The Glasgow Warriors utility back has conceded defeat in his battle to regain full fitness after he suffered a horrific broken leg while on Scotland duty against France last year.
Lamont, only 30, was in his second spell with the Warriors after starting his career at the club in 2004, scoring 19 tries in 55 appearances before moving to Sale.
He joined French Top 14 side Toulon after two seasons with the Sharks, and he rejoined the Warriors in 2011 before he sustained a fractured fibula in the Six Nations the following February.
Lamont underwent two operations and made his Glasgow comeback on 10 February this year when he played almost an hour of their victory over Zebre.
But that proved to be his final professional game, and he has announced his retirement seven days after his team-mates clinched a RaboDirect Pro12 play-off spot.
"I'm sad to be retiring from professional rugby but I've been struggling with injury for some time now and it's clear I won't be able to get back to the level I was playing at before," said Lamont, capped 29 times for Scotland.
"It's fantastic to have been at the club during this exciting time and I wish them all the very best for the remaining games this season."
Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: "Rory has had a frustrating time with injury and everyone at the club feels for him not being able to get back to fitness.
"We were all hoping he'd make a full recovery and show what he could do in a Warriors jersey.
"I'd like to thank him for his contribution to the club over his two spells here and he goes with our very best wishes for the future."