SCOTLAND international Megan Kennedy has announced her retirement from rugby on medical grounds.
The Stirling County forward made her debut against Wales in the 2018 Six Nations Championship and ends her career in her mid-20s having won 18 caps.
“I’d like to thank my club and international coaches for always believing in me and my family and friends for their support over the years,” she said.
“I wouldn’t be half the person I am just now without their continuous support. I’d also like to thank the medical staff and physiotherapists who hugely supported me through the tough times, particularly as I’ve had a number of problems with injuries recently.”
A mobile, ball-playing prop, Kennedy was a fierce competitor who could always be relied upon to raise her game when the going got tough.
But she had a long spell on the sidelines earlier in her career because of a knee injury, and the recurrence of similar problems earlier this year led to her decision to stop playing.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Megan,” Scotland coach Bryan Easson added.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her for her contribution to Scotland Women both on and off the pitch.
She will be hugely missed by the players and management and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”