After undergoing shoulder surgery, former Wales captain Ryan Jones has been forced to retire.
Former Wales captain Ryan Jones has retired from professional rugby.
The 34-year-old - part of the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand in 2005 - underwent shoulder surgery at the end of last season, having sustained the problem in the first leg of Bristol's unsuccessful Championship play-off final against Worcester Warriors.
And, following a period of recovery, the versatile back-row forward has now been forced to call it a day.
"This wasn"t an easy decision for me to make, but there comes a time when I have to accept that my body is not able to cope with the rigours of professional rugby anymore," he said.
"I've been incredibly fortunate to play the game I love for so long and have some amazing experiences and meet wonderful people.
"I'm so proud to be able to say I captained Wales and played for the British Lions " I"ve accomplished everything I wanted to in rugby.
"There's a tinge of regret that we were unable to achieve promotion last season, but I'm grateful to the players, staff and supporters at Bristol for the way I have been welcomed here."
Jones won 75 caps for Wales, claiming three Grand Slam titles.