Saints' Long forced to retire

Andy Long has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect, following medical advice after a degenerative neck injury.

The Northampton Saints hooker had been due to join Gloucester Rugby later this summer. The 34-year-old, who was capped twice by England, made his 201st (and final) Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance in the semi-final loss to Harlequins earlier this month.

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