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Ex-Wales captain, hooker and Lion retires

Former Wales captain and hooker Matthew Rees will retire at the end of the season aged 38.

Cardiff Blues’ ex-British and Irish Lions player won 60 Wales caps from 2005-2014.

The ex-Scarlets, Celtic Warriors, Pontypridd and Treorchy hooker was also first-choice for the 2009 Lions in South Africa.

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He said: “I’ve made my decision to retire based on a few reasons but mainly age isn’t on my side anymore and it’s been a tough journey with an injury like an ACL reconstruction and its rehabilitation.

“I’ve managed to get through that and I’m now able retire on my own terms after an illustrious career.

“I haven’t featured much this season because of the injury but I want to go out on a high. We have three months left and hopefully I can play a part in those remaining games.”

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