Parks retires from rugby

Former Scotland fly-half Dan Parks has announced his retirement from rugby union at the age of 36.

Parks won 67 caps during an eight-year international career which ended when he stepped down from Test rugby during the 2012 RBS Six Nations Championship.

He was born in Australia but spent his entire professional career playing for clubs in the home nations. He qualified to play for Scotland through a grandparent.

Parks joined Glasgow from Leeds in 2003 before moving on to spells with Cardiff Blues and Connacht. He is the leading points scorer in the history of the RaboDirect PRO12.

"I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to play a sport which I love for over 11 years as a professional," he said.

"My time over here in Scotland, Wales and Ireland has been the best years of my life, and I would like to thank all those who have contributed and helped me along this amazing journey.

"Of course, my highlight was being able to wear the blue of Scotland, and something I will forever treasure and hold very close to my heart.

"I plan to stay closely involved with the game, through TV, commercial work and coaching, and I am really excited about the future and continuing to be involved in the sport I am so passionate about and that has given me so much."