John Barclay has confirmed his 16-year professional career has come to an end after leaving Pro14 side Edinburgh.
John Barclay, a veteran of 76 caps, will continue his rugby career but has opted to step away from Scotland duty.
Hooker Stuart McInally has been selected to captain Scotland in Japan, though Huw Jones was the shock absentee from the squad list.
John Barclay has been denied the chance to end his Scarlets career with a Pro14 final appearance, after rupturing his Achilles.
Stuart McInally will step up to lead Scotland on their end-of-season tour, with John Barclay given a rest.
John Barclay hailed Finn Russell as one of the best fly-halves in world rugby after he inspired Scotland to a stunning win over England.
England have not lost to Scotland for a decade and John Barclay knows his side face a "big challenge" to end that dismal run.