London Welsh hooker, Andy Titterrell, has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect.
Titterrell, 33, who joined Welsh at the beginning of the 2013/14 season from Edinburgh Rugby, has been forced to retire on medical advice.
Of his decision to retire Titterrell said: “It is absolutely devastating that my career has ended as a player in these circumstances. It’s utterly gut wrenching.
“I hope to move forward now and make the transition into a specialist skills and strength & conditioning coach so that I can pass my understanding and expertise onto other professional players within the game that I am so passionate about.
“I’d like to thank all those who have supported me over my playing career, especially my parents, my wife and Gareth Delve, for them I am truly grateful.