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Parks calls it quits

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:13
Dan-parks

Veteran Scotland flyhalf Dan Parks has announced that he will retire from the game.

Parks, who won 67 caps for Scotland, was born in Australia, but qualified for Scotland duty through a maternal grandfather from Ayrshire.

He won his caps in an eight-year international career that ended when he stepped down from the Test arena during the 2012 Six Nations tournament.

Best-known for his kicking abilities, Parks notably played for Scotland in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.

On the club level, he joined Glasgow in 2003, and then had spells with Cardiff Blues and latterly Connacht.

"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."

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