Bath Rugby prop David Flatman retires due to injury
Bath Rugby prop David Flatman has been forced to retire from the game through injury.
The long-serving loosehead arrived at the Rec in 2003 and went on to make 161 appearances for the club, becoming a cornerstone of the Bath pack. He also won eight caps for England.
Flatman's experience will not be lost at Farleigh House, however, as he will be taking on a marketing role with the club.
“It's been a difficult decision to make, but you have to listen to medical experts when they tell you it's time to stop,” said Flatman, who follows fellow Bath forwards Duncan Bell, Andy Beattie and Lewis Moody in retiring since the turn of the year.
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“Naturally, it's tough coming to terms with this, but the club have been fantastic in their support. I have truly loved my time as a Bath player and would like to thank all the players, coaches, staff and supporters who have made it so enjoyable.
“I've forged memories and friendships that will last a lifetime, and feel incredibly proud to have worn the jersey. I'm looking forward to staying with Bath in what I have no doubt will be a challenging but exciting new role."
Chief executive Nick Blofeld, added: "Flats has been a great character and member of the Bath squad for the past nine years, not only with his playing skills, but also in his professional attitude and experience helping to bring on the younger players.
“We are very pleased he's agreed to stay on with the club in a new capacity and hopefully that experience can now be used in a different way."