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Former Wales captain Ryan Jones retires from rugby

After undergoing shoulder surgery, former Wales captain Ryan Jones has been forced to retire.

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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.

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