Wales international speedster Hallam Amos has announced he will retire at the end of the season to focus on his medical career.
This season will be my last,” Amos confirmed
“After a decade of professional rugby, I’ve experienced a lot in rugby and been fortunate to go to two World Cups, a Commonwealth Games, several Six Nations and I’ve had a lot of great times in the regional game,” added Amos.
“I’m grateful for the incredible experiences I’ve had but the time has almost come to face a new challenge.
“I am happy with what I have achieved and telling Dai [Young, Cardiff director of rugby] and Cardiff, and Wayne [Pivac] and Wales early so they can plan for the future sat a lot easier with me.
“It’s always been my intention to finish when I complete my degree and this season aligns nicely with the final year of my medical studies, so a perfect time to transition from pitch to hospital.
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“Throughout my years combining university with a rugby career I’ve had plenty of support – from the WRU, Dragons for the first few years of my career, from Cardiff Rugby more recently, and from Cardiff University itself – and I’ll always be thankful for their willingness to accommodate both aspects of my life.
“Particular thanks go to Dai and Wayne, who have been understanding over the last couple of weeks as I’ve talked to them about the thought process behind my decision.
“Retiring at 27 will definitely be strange, but I’m committed to Cardiff for the rest of the season and hopefully I can finish on a high over the next few months.”
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