Hamilton to retire at end of season

Jim Hamilton ensured he would hang up his boots on a high as he announced his retirement from playing after helping Saracens lift the European Champions Cup.

Hamilton stepped off the replacements’ bench with time ticking down in Saturday’s final at Murrayfield, a ground the giant lock knows well having represented both Scotland and Edinburgh.

And minutes after collecting his second Champions Cup winner’s medal in as many years, the forward took to Twitter to confirm he would retire at the end of the current season.

Having made his debut for Leicester Tigers in 2003, the 34-year-old has enjoyed a storied career that included 63 Scotland caps and spells playing in the Aviva Premiership, PRO12 and Top 14.

Hamilton — the 1,000th player capped by his country — joined Saracens from Montpellier in 2014 and will hope to help the north London club complete a league and cup double before his playing career is over.

Saracens travel to Exeter in the Premiership playoff semfinals on Saturday as they bid to secure a third successive league title.