Scotland's most capped player and former Lions hooker Ross Ford has announced his retirement from rugby.

The Edinburgh forward made 110 appearances for the Dark Blues as well as earning a Lions cap against South Africa in 2009.

The 35-year-old now plans to take up a coaching role in the Scottish Rugby academy.

Ford - who earned his record-breaking and final Scotland cap against Fiji two years ago - racked up almost 300 professional club games for Border Reivers and Edinburgh.

The Kelso-raised front-rower made his Scotland debut off the bench against Australia at Murrayfield in 2004 just two years after switching positions from the back-row.

It was another two years before he was involved at international level again but once he did reclaim his spot, he was a virtual ever-present until age and injury finally caught up with him in 2017 as he was ousted from the team by the likes of Fraser Brown and Stuart McInally.

Ford is now set to return to the Borders to help bring on the next generation of players.

He said: "I always enjoyed the strength and conditioning side of things. It was always a big part of my game and it was something I was good at.

"Later in my career I took a big interest in it and it became something I wanted to do after I finished playing, so I was really keen when this opportunity came up, especially being a Borders lad as well.

"There's a lot of talent here so if I can help them develop and make this one part of their game world class then, hopefully, they'll come through and go on to bigger and better things.

"I'm looking forward to getting in there and passing on some of the things I've learned and show a level of work ethic they can follow and stand them in good stead to be the best player they can be, setting the tone wherever they go.

"I'd like to think I'm in a good place to pass a lot of that on so it's quite an exciting time. It gives me something to go into with a lot of energy and will allow me to keep getting a buzz from the game."