Wednesday 4 May 2016 4:42 pm

Malt from the Blue: Scotland and Sale scrum-half Chris Cusiter to start Scotch whisky business after announcing retirement from rugby

Sale Sharks scrum-half Chris Cusiter is set to start a Scotch whisky business in Los Angeles after announcing his retirement.

Cusiter joined Sale two years ago following spells with Glasgow Warriors, Border Reivers and Perpignan and has made 12 appearances for Steve Diamond’s side this term.

The 33-year-old now intends move into the specialist market of Scotch whisky and the wider alcohol retail business. He said: “I cannot wait for the next chapter for me and my family as we embark upon this new adventure in California.

“I’ve been fascinated by the Scotch whisky industry for the past few years and firmly believe that it is Scotland’s finest and greatest export and something to be very proud of.”

Cusiter won 70 Test caps for Scotland over a 10-year period between 2004 and 2014, while also representing the British and Irish Lions on six occasions during their 2005 tour of New Zealand.

“This is the right time to hang up my boots and move onto the next challenge,” added Cusiter.

“The memories of playing for Scotland and touring New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions will be with me forever, and I am grateful for all the incredible experiences I have been afforded through rugby.”