8 Feb 2012

Parks retires from Scotland rugby team

7:21 am on 8 February 2012

The Scotland first five Dan Parks has retired from international rugby with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old Parks played the last of his 67 Tests in Saturday's 13-6 Six Nations opening defeat by England at Murrayfield where he was in part responsible for the visitors' decisive try when opposing number 10 Charlie Hodgson charged down his kick.

The Australia-born Parks, now with Welsh side Cardiff Blues, made his Test debut in 2004.

Parks, a kicking first five who was criticised for a poor running game at Test level, had been contemplating retirement following the World Cup where he was second choice behind the currently injured Ruaridh Jackson.

But he stayed on for one last crack at England, who knocked Scotland out of the World Cup with a 16-12 win in Auckland.

Parks says now was the right time to end his Test career.

In his absence, Greig Laidlaw is set to start at five eight when Scotland continue their Six Nations campaign in Wales on Monday.