James Simpson-Daniel pictured before his England debut in 2002
Former England wing James Simpson-Daniel admits it will take some time to come to terms with life without rugby after being forced to retire.
The 32-year-old, who scored on his RBS 6 Nations debut against Italy way back in 2003, has been struggling with an ankle injury.
Simpson-Daniel, who won ten caps for the Red Rose, hasn't played any rugby since November 2013 due to the injury and has hung up his boots.
Yet the Gloucester stalwart says he is yet to come to terms with it.
"I don't think it's really sunk in yet to be honest," he said.
"When I was given the diagnosis by the specialist, they were obviously the last words I wanted to hear. But I know that I've given it everything and I can't praise the Gloucester medical staff highly enough.
"I've had a really good trot, I can't have any complaints."
Simpson-Daniel spent his entire 14-year career with Gloucester, making more Premiership appearances for the club than any other player and scoring 118 tries in 272 games.
"He was a unique talent," said Gloucester's new director of rugby David Humphreys.
"I played against him and, even though he was an opponent who could really hurt you on the pitch, he was a joy to watch.
"It's a real blow for him and, personally, I'm disappointed that he's had to retire before I had the opportunity to enjoy seeing him play as a colleague."
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