Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby have been dealt a massive blow to their promotion push after former Scotland international flanker Ross Rennie has been forced to hang up his boots with immediate effect, three months after he last played a competitive game for the club.
Rennie, who won 20 caps for Scotland, has had to accept that recovering from the injury he suffered will not be possible and has retired from the game as a result. The Scotsman joined the club just over a year ago and scored seven tries in his 13 appearances for the club during a spell that was marred by injury. And it was injury that forced him to cut his career short and retire.
He said that he feels very privileged to have been a professional, playing the game he loves and added that he has a lot of memories of playing the game that he will cherish for the rest of his life.
Ross Rennie mentioned that he is obviously disappointed at having seen his career ended in such a way but mentioned that the support he has received from Bristol Rugby during these few months is something that he will never forget. He went on to add that it was a beautiful experience to play for Bristol Rugby and he enjoyed his time at the club thoroughly.
The Scotsman was brought to the club by Andy Robinson, the Director of Rugby, who had previously worked with him at Edinburgh and the Scotland national team. Robinson said that everyone is disappointed to see a player’s career ending in such a way and added that there were no words to console him.
He also thanked the player for the services he had given to the club during his short stint in Bristol as well.