Bath scrum-half Martyn Wood has been forced to retire after failing to recover from a serious neck injury.
Wood is considering a switch to coaching following his retirement
The 29-year-old damaged joints in his neck in a freak training accident in November 2005 but despite surgery and prolonged rehab was advised to retire.
"My neck has been feeling strong but there is still a weakness in my left arm as a result of the same injury," said Wood, who won two England caps.
"Although it is a difficult decision, it is probably the right one."
Wood joined Bath from Wasps in 2003 and made nearly 60 appearances for the club before the injury.
He added: "I'm obviously very disappointed that, for medical reasons, I am not able to play.
"I still have a great passion for rugby and Bath and as much as I would love to have played, the doctors have told me not to."
Wood is considering a switch to coaching and has already been working with the Bath Rugby Academy.