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Back injury forces Danielli to end his playing career

Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:41

Danielli has featured for Ulster only seven times this season
Danielli has featured for Ulster only seven times this season

Ulster's Simon Danielli has announced his retirement from rugby due to a back injury which has plagued the winger throughout this last season.

The Scottish born player joined Ulster at the start of the 2007/08 season from The Borders and won 78 caps for the province.

He made his full International debut for Scotland against Italy in 2003, ahead of the start of the World Cup and went on to be capped 32 times by his country, playing in two World Cups and scoring eight tries. 

Speaking about his decision, Danielli said: "Having been advised that I am no longer able to achieve the level of fitness required to play professional rugby, It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from the game.

“I feel privileged to have been playing for over a decade and have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a professional rugby player, particularly my last five years here at Ulster”

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me throughout my time here, to all the players, coaches, other members of staff and not least the fantastic supporters at Ulster that rival anywhere else in Europe, creating an atmosphere that has given me many special lifelong memories”

“I wish the boys the very best of luck for the biggest of games next week and long into the future."