Argentina international Marcos Ayerza has announced his decision to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.
After making his debut for the Pumas in December 2004, Ayerza has played 66 Tests with his last appearance coming during the 2015 World Cup encounter against Australia at Twickenham.
The loosehead prop has close to 11 years of experience playing for Aviva Premiership side Leicester Tigers and now has been forced to end his career following a back injury. During that phase, he has racked over 200 appearances for the Welford Road outfit.
"I have been extremely proud to represent Leicester Tigers and Argentina for so many seasons, and enjoyed every minute of that long journey," Ayerza said.
"I will take with me many great memories experienced by playing this great game of rugby, but more importantly the best thing to take with me is all those great people I met on this journey along the way.
"I will miss a lot, but it is time to face new challenges in my life, turn over the page - as hard as that is - and I wish the Tigers all the very best for the future."
Meanwhile Leicester Tigers chairman Peter Tom paid tributes to Ayerza on his illustrious career.
"He has been at the very heart of the Tigers squad for the last 11 seasons and continually worked hard on his game, while also assisting those around him.
"He has been without doubt one of the leading players in his position in the world game."