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.