Scotland’s Hamilton retires from international rugby

Saracens lock Jim Hamilton has announced that he has retired from playing international
rugby after missing out on a place in Scotland’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Thirty-two-year-old Hamilton has won 63 caps for Scotland but was not included
in the 31-man squad unveiled by head coach Vern Cotter.

Hamilton says that he will now put his focus on playing at club level.

“Today is both a sad day and a day that I feel extremely proud to have
had. For I announce my retirement from international rugby,” Hamilton announced
on Twitter.

“Never in a million Saturday afternoons did I think I would have represented
this beautiful country of Scotland 63 times on the rugby field.

“I have loved every single moment of wearing the thistle and feel extremely
humble to have done it for nine years.”

Hamilton, who has also played for Edinburgh, Gloucester, Leicester and Montpellier,
was born in the English town of Swindon, but qualified to play for Scotland
through his father.

He made his debut against Romania in November 2006, becoming the 1,000th player
to be capped by Scotland, and played at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.

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