Former England World Cup winner Steve Thompson will be on the bench for Brive against Newcastle Falcons in the European Challenge Cup on Thursday after announcing his retirement following a chronic neck problem while at Northampton last season.
Hooker Thompson will have to repaying hundreds of thousands of pounds in insurance money after he got the green light to return to playing from three different specialists in France - and surgery in the United States from Rick Nelson.
Thompson returned against Connacht last week as a replacement flanker after 20 minutes before moving up into the second row and at 19 stone he reckons he needs to shed a few more pounds before thinking of an international return.
Scotland won three matches in this year's Championship
24 March 2017, 3:33pm
Scotland secured three RBS 6 Nations victories for the first time since 2006 as they beat Ireland, Wales and Italy at BT Murrayfield. Here we take a look at what lies ahead for the Scots in the next 12 months.
Peter Malone has been Nigel Carolan's assistant since 2015
24 March 2017, 11:56am
The IRFU have announced Peter Malone as the Ireland Under-20s interim head coach for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Georgia this summer after Nigel Carolan announced he would take a position at Guinness PRO12 side Connacht.