Ross Ford: Scotland's most capped player retires

Ross Ford
Ford made his final appearance for Edinburgh at Murrayfield in April this year

Scotland's record cap holder Ross Ford has confirmed his retirement from playing and will now help coach the country's best young talent.

The hooker, who won his 110th and final cap in 2017, left Edinburgh this summer after 197 appearances in 11 years.

Former British & Irish Lion Ford, 35, will put his experience to use in the Scottish Rugby academy.

"There's a lot of talent here so if I can help them develop, hopefully they'll go on to big things," he said.

Ford began his career at Border Reivers and played in the World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015, as well as going on the 2009 Lions tour.

Edinburgh and Scotland team-mate Blair Kinghorn paid tribute to the front row.

"Fordy is a legend," he said "I sit next to him in the Edinburgh changing room and he epitomises a professional. He comes in every day, works hard, puts everything out on the field, recovers well and he comes in and does it again.

"He's just a great lad, he's so nice and humble - you wouldn't realise he's the record cap holder for Scotland. Everyone looks up to him, respects him and I wish him well in his retirement."

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