Scotland forward David Denton was made to retire on doctors’ advice.
After being told he’d be risking his long term wellbeing after an concussion struggle the 29-year-old decided to hang his boots up.
Denton, who’d 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.
“Since the harm I have woken up each morning with stress in my head and visual disturbances and not actually understanding what is happening.
“Pretty much for this whole time that I’ve been imagining the following week I will be better.
“Each time I attempted to experience the comeback protocol, I would fail. I have tried everything but nothing’s worked.”
Denton endured a blow to the head during Leicester Tigers’ league game with Northampton Saints in Twickenham past October.
However, his attempts to create a return into the game was eventually given the information by neurosurgeon Richard Sylvester.
Had he been fit, Zimbabwe-born Denton could happen to be in contention for a place in Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad for the World Cup in Japan.
And no 8 – who qualified thanks for his Glaswegian mother for Scots – admits he’ll miss pulling a dark blue jersey most.
“The concept of not having the ability to run out before 70,000 people at Murrayfield back is not enjoyable,” he explained.
“I so want the boys to perform well [in Japan] and would so wish to be there but that isn’t likely to occur.
“It’s very important to me that I don’t look back with sadness at what could have been, instead look forwards and remain proud of what was.
“There was much more I wanted to achieve. All the sudden I’m not able to do that.”
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