London Scottish flanker Chevvy Pennycook paid tribute to the club’s medical staff after being forced to retire through injury.

The flanker played 61 times for the club, scoring eight tries, and since joining in 2013 he was voted Players’ Player of the Season in his debut year, and was also named in the Greene King IPA Championship Dream XV.

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The 28-year-old, a former England U20 international who also appeared for Bristol and Moseley, featured in seven matches this season before calling it a day.

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“I’m absolutely gutted to be retiring,” said Pennycook, who was presented with a 21-year-old bottle of Glengoyne Whisky and a signed shirt after Saturday's 22-20 win over Yorkshire Carnegie from Sir David Reid as recognition of his contribution to the club.

“I loved every minute playing for Scottish and have made some lifetime friends. The supporters have been amazing and I have made some memories which I will never forget.”

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He added: “I would like to say thanks to the coaching and medical staff for always looking after me, and I wish everyone the best of luck for the rest of the season.”

London Scottish President Rod Lynch praised Pennycook’s influence at the club. “Chevvy has been a stalwart of the Scottish pack for as long as we have been in the Championship.

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“Despite being an easy going guy he is known throughout the league as a ferocious tackler. His partnership with Mark Bright and Neil Best was one of the best ever London Scottish back rows. We wish him well with whatever he does next.”

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