Bath's David Flatman forced to retire through injury

Bath and former England prop David Flatman has retired because of injury.

The 32-year-old, who has eight England caps, has had a career blighted by injuries and the latest has forced him to call it a day.

Flatman joined Bath in 2003 and went on to make over 160 appearances for the club. He will remain at the Rec, taking up a backroom role.

David Flatman career

  • Clubs - Saracens: 1998-2003; Bath 2003-2012
  • England caps: 8
  • England debut: v South Africa

"It's been a difficult decision to make, but you have to listen to medical experts," he said.

"Naturally, it's tough coming to terms with this, but the club have been fantastic in their support.

"I have truly loved my time as a Bath player and would like to thank all the players, coaches, staff and supporters who have made it so enjoyable."

Flatman was capped eight times by England and was in the side that last won in South Africa, back in 2000.

The front-rower signed a new three-year contract with the west country outfit in February 2011 but he was restricted to just 12 games during last season's campaign.

His place in the Bath squad had seemed precarious for next term following the arrival of Paul James from Ospreys at the Rec.