Scotland’s record points-scorer Chris Paterson has brought down the curtain on his long and distinguished international career.
The 33-year-old made 109 appearances for Scotland, who are 20/1 with bookmaker to win the Six Nations next year. He scored 809 points in total, scoring 22 tries for his country, two less than record-holders Ian Smith and Tony Stanger.
Paterson made his debut back in 1999 against Spain and was a consistent performer until his last appearance in a Scotland shirt against England in the 16-12 defeat in this year’s World Cup. However, he has suffered from a hamstring injury recently and hopes his decision will help to prolong his club career.
Paterson played in a number of different positions under a succession of Scotland coaches and set records along the way. He was the youngest player to reach 50 caps – in 2004 against South Africa – and is the first to have reached the 100 mark, against Wales in 2010. His four games in this year’s World Cup set another Scottish record after he made it 15 appearances in four World Cups.