Cardiff Blues have confirmed their back-row, Rory Watts-Jones, has retired with immediate effect on medical grounds.
The 26-year-old has called time on his professional career following a concussion-related injury he suffered in November. After a specialist review and a period of recovery supervised by the Cardiff Blues medical team, Watts-Jones was advised to retire with his long-term health being made the highest priority.
Mark Hammett, Director of Rugby for Cardiff Blues, said: “Rory has been an important and popular member of the squad at Cardiff Blues over the last three seasons. He has always worked tirelessly and put his body on the line for the cause.
“The medical team have worked closely with Rory and his long-term health has always been our utmost priority.
“It’s always sad to see a player retire at such a young age, but I know Rory has made the right decision for his future. We will continue to support him during this transitional period.
“I know everyone connected with Cardiff Blues – players, staff and supporters alike – will join me in thanking him for his services to the region and wish him every success for the future.”
Flanker Watts-Jones is a product of Cowbridge Comprehensive School and broke into the Cardiff Blues team during the 2012/13 season, making his debut against Connacht in September 2012.
The 26-year-old made 31 appearances for Blues with his last appearance coming against Newcastle Falcons in the LV=Cup when he scored a decisive try.