The Scotsman

‘Legend’ Mckenzie calls time on profession­al career after body tells him to stop

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Edinburgh lock Fraser Mckenzie has announced his retirement from profession­al rugby after struggling with a series of shoulder problems.

The 33-year-old former Sale and Newcastle forward is hanging up his boots after 119 appearance­s for Edinburgh over two spells in the capital.

“Obviously there is never a right time to retire or give up the game you love doing, but unfortunat­ely your body tells you when it’s time to stop and for me that’s now,” said Mckenzie.

“I suffered a shoulder injury against Scarlets last year and I rehabbed it fully throughout the lockdown period. But then coming back to face Glasgow Warriors in August 2020 I dislocated it again, which meant I had to go for further surgery.

“It’s been an accumulati­on of injuries and my body has definitely been struggling with the rigours of profession­al rugby.

“At the end of the day, I’m still a young man and I’ve had a good innings throughout my career. Injury means that I’m stepping away but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.”

Mckenzie captained Edinburgh during the 2017-18 season, leading them to the Guinness Pro14 play-offs.

The former Scotland under-20 captain started his career at Dunfermlin­e, his local club. He was included in the 36-man Scotland squad for the 2012 Six Nations but was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, Huw Jones is set to miss the rest of the season and his Glasgow and Scotland team-mates Adam Hastings and Scott Cummings could join him.

Warriors said centre or fullback Jones will likely sit out the rest of the campaign after surgery on a foot injury sustained against Montpellie­r earlier this month. Stand-off Hastings will miss several weeks with a facial fracture suffered against the French side while lock Cummings – a potential British and Irish Lions contender – has had surgery on a hand injury sustained while playing for Scotland against Ireland. Both are out for the “coming weeks” but have a chance of playing again this season.

Warriors have hastened the arrival of Edinburgh flanker Rory Darge, 21, after previously signing him for next season.

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Fraser Mckenzie: Injuries

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