Andrew Higgins: Newcastle Falcons winger retires

Newcastle Falcons winger Andy Higgins has retired from rugby on medical advice because of a knee injury.

The 32-year-old joined Newcastle at the start of last season and helped them win promotion back to the Premiership.

Higgins' club career

  • 2000-01 - Worcester
  • 2001-03 - Bristol
  • 2003-09 - Bath
  • 2010-11 - Exeter
  • 2011-12 - Sale Sharks
  • 2012-13 - Newcastle

Higgins, who could also play at centre, began his career at Worcester and also had spells in the Premiership with Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Sale.

"It was a tough decision to have to make, and I'm ultimately disappointed to have retired," said Higgins.

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Andy has contributed a lot to the team during his year at the club, and I wish him all the very best for the future."

The former England Saxons back had retired in 2009 following accusations that, along with Bath team-mates Michael Lipman and Alex Crockett, he had failed to take drugs tests on three occasions.

The trio strongly refuted the allegations and Higgins returned to the game a year later with Exeter.