Wales' Tom James retires from rugby

Tom James (Getty)
Tom James (Getty)

Former Wales international Tom James announced his retirement from rugby union on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old wing won 12 caps and remains Cardiff Blues' record try-scorer with 60 to his credit.

James, who also had a spell with English club Exeter, finished his career at Welsh regional side Scarlets.

His time with the Llanelli club came after he took a break from rugby in January 2018 during a second stint with Cardiff in order to deal with the effects of depression.

Now, with the current campaign brought to a standstill by the coronavirus, James has decided to call it a day.

"With a lot of time to think, I've made a decision to retire from professional rugby," said James in a statement on the Scarlets' website.

Thanking all those who had helped him in his career, James - who scored two tries in 12 international appearances spread from 2007-16 - added he had enjoyed some "wonderful memories" during his 14 years as a professional including playing alongside "my idol" Gareth Thomas.

Meanwhile Scarlets head coach Brad Mooar said he was pleased James' "outstanding career" was coming to an end "on his own terms".

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