Former Northland pivot Daniel Bowden has called time on his professional rugby career after 13 years.

Bowden made his debut for the Taniwha in 2005 as an 18-year-old, earning the player of the year award in 2007.

That season would be the last of his first stint in the Cambridge Blue, heading to Otago and then Auckland as he picked up 36 Super Rugby caps for the Highlanders, Crusaders and Blues.

Bowden announced the end of his career via Twitter.


"After 13 years the time has come to retire from professional rugby," he wrote.

"Having struggled with concussion and 11 surgeries later, the old body has let me know.

"Rugby has given me the opportunity to travel the world, make lifelong friends and create some incredible memories. I feel very fortunate to have played for some great teams, alongside some of the world's best players.

"I want to thank everyone who has had an influence on my career and acknowledge all of those who our paths have crossed on this pretty cool journey."

Bowden amassed 96 points in 27 appearances for Northland, where he returned in 2015 to play for one season.

The first five also has a successful career in Europe, playing for London Irish, Leicester Tigers and Bath.