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JACKIE RETIRES



Craig Joiner, the Edinburgh Rugby centre/ winger is retiring from professional rugby. Craig, 31, has 25 caps for Scotland and has played more than 100 games for Edinburgh Rugby. In his time with Scotland, he scored three tries for his country and has played for Edinburgh in both the Celtic Cup and the Heineken Cup quarter final when Edinburgh Rugby travelled to Toulouse last season. They were the first ever Scottish professional side to reach the knockout stages of the tournament.

Craig has been studying for professional financial qualifications over the last year and has decided that now is the time to move on into business.

Frank Hadden, interim Scotland coach and Edinburgh Rugby head coach said: "Craig has been an outstanding servant to Edinburgh Rugby over the last five years. He has played over 100 games since joining our club from Leicester. Although he has not added to his 25 Scotland caps he was able to impart so much of that experience to the younger players. An outstanding role model, he was the consummate professional and I am sure his work ethic will serve him well in his next life in private client investment management."

Joiner said: "It has been a privilege to play the sport I love and be paid for it all these years. Playing for Scotland was something I always dreamt of as a child and I was lucky enough to achieve my dream. Over the years, I have woken up every morning looking forward to going to work. I am sure that not many people could say that. I have been studying towards a financial qualification and after speaking to people within the industry, I have decided that now is the time to move on. In view of the fact that I have achieved so much in rugby, I feel now is the right time. I didn't want to go out on a low note."