Wales and Cardiff Blues centre Tom Shanklin has been forced to retire from professional rugby due to a knee injury.
A spokesperson for the WRU said that the experienced centre, who has scored 20 International tries in 70 appearances for Wales, has failed to recover from an injury sustained in January and, following medical advice, has decided to retire from the sport.
Speaking at the Cardiff City Stadium, Tom said:
“My knee isn’t too bad, it’s ok to walk and cycle and to do everyday things, but with regards to playing rugby – accelerating, changing direction, weight lifting – it’s not too good.”
“I had an operation in January to see if we could fix the problem and it hasn’t worked.”