Gregor Townsend, Kelly Brown and more react to Ross Rennie retirement

Scottish rugby stars tweet their support for former Edinburgh, Bristol and Scotland flanker following his surprise news today

Scotland flanker Ross Rennie announced his decision to retire from professional rugby today due to injury at the age of 28.

The news came out of the blue after the former Edinburgh forward had been sidelined since October with a neck injury picked up during Bristol Rugby’s British and Irish Cup win over Moseley.

We round up the best tweets in tribute to one of northern hemisphere rugby’s finest openside flankers of the last decade.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend praises Rennie’s reinvention of the openside position.

Despite not featuring for the national team since 2012, Scotland head coach Vern Cotter’s tribute suggests Rennie was still in the frame for a recall.

Rennie’s Bristol team-mate Kyle Traynor is gutted by the news.

Scarlets flanker John Barclay also lauds the ability of his former international colleague and occasional opponent from his Glasgow Warriors days.

Former Newport Gwent Dragons and Scarlets centre Gareth Maule sleeps better since joining Bristol last summer.

Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch sums up what many in the game believe could have been.

Former Scotland scrum-half turned Sky Sports talking head Rory Lawson tweets his tribute to “The Bear”.

Edinburgh back-rower turned hooker Stuart McInally reveals a future as a chess player is not on the cards for Rennie.

The Scottish back row union is out in force as Saracens and Scotland flanker Kelly Brown joins in the tributes.

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