Paterson calls it a day for Scots
Chris Paterson has announced his retirement from international rugby following a distinguished 12-year career with Scotland.
The 33-year-old won 109 caps, scoring 809 points - both records - and is the only Scot to have appeared in four Rugby World Cup tournaments.
Paterson has been hampered by a groin injury of late, impacting on his world renowned place-kicking, and now Scotland will enter an RBS 6 Nations Championship next spring without the Edinburgh full-back for the first time.
Paterson is one of Scotland's most celebrated internationals after a long and distinguished career.
He appeared at fly-half, wing and full-back for Scotland during an international career which began with a debut during the 1999 World Cup against Spain, before he became a regular in the inaugural Six Nations tournament in 2000.
He began his career with Gala, before two spells with Edinburgh, either side of a short stint at Gloucester.
Paterson surpassed Gavin Hastings as Scotland's leading points scorer and Scott Murray's cap record on the 2008 tour to Argentina.
He won his 100th cap against Wales in Cardiff in 2010 but suffered a lacerated kidney in the match.
Paterson, who captained Scotland on 12 occasions between 2004 and 2007, demonstrated his resilience, returning in the November 2010 win over South Africa and forcing his way into the starting line-up during the 2011 Six Nations.
He was first-choice full-back during the disappointing World Cup campaign in New Zealand, but has now opted to give way to the next generation of talent.