EDINBURGH Reivers prop Ross McNulty has been forced to quit rugby because of a persistent neck problem.
The former Watsonians player has been freed from his Reivers contract and had started a new job as a contract manager in the building trade.
Reivers manager Nick Oswald said: "Ross was a very valuable squad member who always gave 100 per cent. It is always sad when a player has to leave the sport through injury and we wish him well for the future."
Oswald confirmed that former Scotland hooker Grant McKelvey had also left the team to devote his energies to his job as an SRU development officer in East Lothian.
Reivers will warm up for the new season with a week-long training stint at the University of Bath, followed by a mini-tournament involving Bath and Keynsham.
Oswald said: "It will be a very useful workout and we anticipate having a full squad available, including all our recent new signings."
Glasgow Caledonian Reds, meanwhile, are heading for Canada to compete in a four-team tournament during the first fortnight in August.
They will take on two British Columbia select teams in Vancouver, followed by a clash with the US Pacific Coast Grizzlies.
Australia’s most-capped flanker David Wilson has signed a two-year deal with Harlequins. Wilson, 33, quit the international scene at the end of the 2000 season.
A veteran of 74 Tests, Wilson was a senior member of the side that won the World Cup lastautumn. Wilson is the third member of Australia’s World Cup side to move to Europe, joining veterans Tim Horan and Patrico Noriega.
Gloucester have recruited a third player from French club Montferrand, with 23-year-old Ivory Coast international blindside flanker or No8 Herve Gregoire-Mazzocco joining front-row men Stephane Sanchez and Olivier Azam.