Bristol stalwart Mark Sorenson has announced that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season.
The 37-year-old arrived at the West Country club in 2013 having had previous spells with the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand and Newcastle and Northampton in the Premiership.
New Zealand-born Sorenson made 82 appearances for Bristol and was a key driving force in getting the club promoted back to the Premiership.
Sorenson said: “It feels like the right time for me to take on a new chapter and retire from the professional game.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play for some great clubs alongside some fantastic people. The game has given me incredible opportunities and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
“There have been plenty of highs and lows at Bristol Rugby, but the spirit and passion at this club has remained true throughout the last four years.
“My family and I love the city and feel like adopted Bristolians now. We are settled here and will be staying after I retire. I will continue to support the club at Ashton Gate, only with a beer and a pasty alongside the supporters.
“I’m excited about a new opportunity and will be pursuing a career in medical sales. It’s a different challenge, but one that I am relishing.”