A brain injury has forced Dragons centre Adam Hughes to retire from rugby, after receiving advice from a specialist.
The 28-year-old, who made his Dragons debut in 2010 and had brief spells at Bristol and Exeter, returning to the Welsh side in 2015, scored 22 tries.
“A neurologist said that playing rugby wasn’t an option due to two major trauma scars that I had sustained on my brain,” said Hughes.
“The decision was made there and then.”
In a Dragons statement Hughes thanked those who have supported him, adding: “Playing for the Dragons has given me some unbelievable moments.”
Head coach Bernard Jackman described Hughes as “a versatile player that had brilliant pace and evasion”.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Adam for the huge contribution he has made to the Dragons,” added Jackman.