Scotland forward David Denton has been made to retire on the help of doctors.
After being told he’d be risking his long term health following an 11-month concussion struggle the 29-year-old chose to hang his boots up.
Denton, who won the last of his 42 caps for Scotland in Argentina last summer, told The Times:”I’ve had this thing hanging over me for quite a while now.
“Considering that the harm I’ve woken up every morning with pressure in my head and visual disturbances rather than actually knowing what is going on.
“Pretty much for this whole time that I’ve been assuming the following week I am better.
“Each time I attempted to go through the comeback routine, I would fail. I have tried everything but nothing has worked.”
Denton endured a blow to your head during Leicester Tigers’ league match with Northampton Saints at Twickenham past October.
But his attempts to generate a return to the game floundered before he was eventually given the information from neurosurgeon Richard Sylvester he should call time on his career because of his own good.
Had he been matched, Zimbabwe-born Denton could have been in contention for a place in the Scotland squad of Gregor Townsend .
Along with no 8 – who qualified thanks to his Glaswegian mother for Scots – admits he’ll miss pulling on a dark blue costume.
“The idea of not having the ability to run out before 70,000 people at Murrayfield back isn’t enjoyable,” he said.
“I so want the boys to perform well [in Japan] and would so need to be there but that is not going to take place.
“It is very important to me that I do not look back with sadness at what could have been, rather look forwards and stay proud of what has been.
“There was much more I wanted to attain. All the sudden I am not able to do this.”
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