Former Scotland international Johnnie Beattie announces retirement

Johnnie Beattie played 38 Tests for Scotland between 2006 and 2015
Johnnie Beattie played 38 Tests for Scotland between 2006 and 2015
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Former Scotland international Johnnie Beattie has announced his decision to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Beattie started his professional rugby career with Glasgow Warriors in 2004 and made over 100 appearances for the Scottish regional club before featuring for Montpellier and Castres.

He recently played for French club Bayonne in a three-year stint and is now looking forward for 'new adventures'.

The 34-year-old confirmed the news on his retirement in his Instagram account.

“That inevitable moment in every sportsperson’s career has arrived,” he posted.

“After 16 years of rugby life in Scotland and France, the time is right to retire from playing the sport I love professionally.

“Professional rugby has allowed me to meet and work with some incredible people, from all over the world.

“The inspirational places, people, experiences, tournaments, supporters, anthems and matches were all a privilege to be part of, and I realise I have been very fortunate to live out my dreams practising and playing my sport.”

Beattie made his Scotland debut in 2006 and has gone on to play 38 Tests for the Dark Blues with his last appearance coming during the Six Nations tournament in 2015.

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