Scotland international Sarah Law is retiring from all rugby after a career that spanned almost a decade.  

Law, who was equally comfortable in either half-back role, won 53 caps for Scotland between her debut in the 2013 Six Nations to her final appearance at the most recent Rugby World Cup, played in 2022.  

Perhaps her most telling contribution in dark blue came during the qualification campaign for that Rugby World Cup when, with the last kick of the game, she converted Chloe Rollie’s try to defeat Ireland and secure a repechage berth, from which point Scotland reached the tournament in New Zealand. 

Prior to the Rugby World Cup, Law was diagnosed with Axial Spondyloarthritis, a form of inflammatory arthritis. The condition, which affects 1 in 200 adults in the UK, has influenced Law’s decision to hang up her boots. 

She said: “It’s no secret that throughout my rugby playing years, I’ve had numerous battles with injuries. 

“Getting back up after each one gave me so much joy and sense of achievement but it also dented the energy stores just a little more.  

“Two years ago, ironically just days before becoming a full-time athlete, I learned that I have a condition called Axial Spondylitis, a rheumatic condition and something that I will have for the rest of my life. 

“In many ways, the timing of the diagnosis was a perfect illustration of the highs and lows of my rugby career even if it has helped to explain some of the rehab rollercoasters that I’ve been on. 

“I’m still learning how to manage this diagnosis – some days feel great, and others are a struggle to move around, let alone train as an elite athlete.  

 “I’ve always prided myself on giving 100% effort and commitment every day and I do know that I’ve given it my all – it has taken its toll both physically and mentally and I haven’t got any more to give.” 

Scotland Rugby News: Sarah Law won 53 caps for ScotlandSarah Law won 53 caps for Scotland (Image: SNS)

She thanked all those who supported her during her career, which began with Penicuik and Murrayfield Wanderers, and more recently saw the 29-year-old turn out for Sale Sharks in Premiership Women’s Rugby. 

She added: “It has taken more than a team’s worth of physios, doctors and coaches to support me along the way. I want to thank every one of them. Their persistence, patience and endless support over the years is the reason that I’ve lasted as long as this, for which I’m so thankful." 

Law also kicked a match-winning penalty against Wales in the 2017 Six Nations, Scotland’s first championship victory in seven years.  

Reflecting on her career highlights, she continued: “Playing for Scotland was the greatest honour that I could possibly imagine.

"Through the highs and the lows, I’m hugely grateful that I got to experience international rugby. 

Scotland Rugby News: Law landed some vital kicks for Scotland over the course of her careerLaw landed some vital kicks for Scotland over the course of her career (Image: SNS)

“Along the way, there have been some pretty special moments. It’s been a privilege to be part of. 

 “The players who came before, the ones who inspired me, spoke about leaving the shirt behind in a better place.  

“I hope that I represented club and country with the pride and honour they both deserved and played some part in and changing the game for the better.” 

Scotland Women Head Coach Bryan Easson said: "Sarah has been an exceptional ambassador for Scottish rugby.  

“Her consistent performances and ability to shine under pressure have made her a beloved figure among her coaches, team-mates and fans.  

“She is an inspiration to young athletes nationwide and we thank her for all she has done for Scotland and wish her all the best in her future endeavours." 

Meanwhile Law admitted she does not have a plan for the next chapter.  

“Probably for the first time ever, I’ve not got a plan for what comes next,” she said.  

"I’m heading into the future with some degree of trepidation, but also excitement about how I can shape my future using all the things I’ve learned as an athlete.”