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'Invaluable Nel wore the thistle with real pride'

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Your views

We asked for your thoughts after Scotland and Edinburgh prop WP Nel announced he will retire from rugby at the end of this season.

Here's a taste of what you had to say:

Jamie: A great player and a better man. A fantastic servant to both club and country. I wish him all the best in what life has to offer next.

Alan: What an inspiration to young front-row forwards. He is as tough as old boots and just got on with the job. He has also improved the quality of front-row forwards in Scotland. It's a well-earned retirement. I hope he still contributes in a coaching sense.

Anon: A true warrior who never gave anything but his all for the team. The quiet focus before every scrum was a joy to watch. Your adopted home salutes you.

Fraser: I've said this elsewhere over the years, but Scotland have been blessed to have WP playing for us. I am truly thankful for his huge contribution to Scottish rugby, the team and the positive influence he has clearly had on our culture. I hope he and his family remain in Scotland, but if he is heading back to South Africa, I'd remind him his kids are all Scots!

Norm: Nel took many by surprise. Part of Scotland's support thought, cynically, that he was some sort of mercenary. But he proved them wrong by embracing Scotland as his home and wearing the thistle with real pride. Speaking personally, that really endeared him to me. A great scrummager and runner with the ball, he was a joy to watch. I’ll miss him.

Peter: A huge loss for Scotland and Edinburgh. I shudder to think what our scrum would have been like without him. Tighthead has always been a bit of a problem and he arrived at the right time. Thanks for everything WP and enjoy your retirement.

Hugo: One of the strongest props, and it was always good to see opposition props lose their shape when up against him. He was instrumental in making Scotland’s scrum a solid platform that allowed the side to flourish from a mediocre team to one that consistently beat England and competed well against the best teams in the world.

Ali: Great props are a rare breed. Nel finds himself in this category for his tireless commitment and quiet efficiency on the pitch. If you know rugby, you’ll know that he has been invaluable.

James: WP has been a class act, a great servant to Scotland's national team, in an area where Scotland are short of players. Our very best wishes go with him and his family for a job very well done. I will be looking out for what he does next.