Wales dual-code international Gareth Thomas has retired from all forms of rugby just days before he was due to play in the four nations tournament.
37-year-old Thomas was expected to turn out for the Welsh side against England on Saturday despite not playing for his club side Crusaders since 9th July.
He has now retired from the game explaining that he can no longer give 100% to rugby and that it’s the right time to walk away.
“I have listened to and discussed this decision with many of my family and close friends. My mind has told me that the time to retire is now.” Thomas said.
“If you can’t give 100% to rugby then you can’t do it justice. This is a sad day but I know that my time has come to an end as a player.
“My passion for the amazing game will never end or leave me, however.”
The former British and Irish Lions captain switched from rugby union to league side Crusaders two years ago but after the disbanded he was reportedly looking for a move to Wigan.
However new challenges lie ahead for Thomas and despite his love for rugby he admits he is unsure of what the future holds for him.
He said: “I do not know what lies ahead, but I feel the challenge of something different excites me more than another year of rugby,”
“I would like to thank everyone I have been involved with in the sport. I could not have achieved it without any of them.
“I have great memories and great friends that I will keep for the rest of my life. I leave knowing I have done everything in my power to be the best person and player I could have ever been.
“And finally, I thank my parents for all their support and help throughout my career.”