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Dan Parks quits Scotland after 6 Nations defeat

Updated: February 07, 2012, 11:50


EDINBURGH, Scotland(AP) Scotland flyhalf Dan Parks has quit international rugby with immediate effect, three days after making the mistake that gave England a match-winning try in their Six Nations opener.

The 33-year-old Parks was standing in for the injured Ruaridh Jackson at Murrayfield when his clearing kick on his own line was charged down by Charlie Hodgson for the only try in England's 13-6 victory.

Parks was replaced by Greig Laidlaw shortly after.

Parks says he first thought of quitting after Scotland was knocked out of last year's Rugby World Cup by England and says his eight-year international career was "a rocky road for me at times.''

He played 67 tests and scored a national record 17 drop goals in a 266-point haul.

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