Ospreys prop and former Wales international Duncan Jones has announced his retirement from playing rugby due to a foot injury he suffered this year.
The 36-year-old has played a record 223 games for the Ospreys and ends a career that goes back 18 years to his debut for Neath RFC in August 1998.
He has opted to hang up his boots after suffering a foot injury earlier this year that has been restricting his ability to train and play to the best of his ability.
Having sought expert advice on the problem and discussing it at great length with specialists, unfortunately it became clear that they were unable to treat the injury, leading to veteran prop Jones reluctantly making this decision.
Jones confirmed the news to his team-mates at Llandarcy this week before receiving recognition from colleagues, workmates and commercial partners at the annual awards dinner on Friday.
"I'm really disappointed that I've had to make this decision at such an exciting time for the Ospreys," he told the Ospreys website.
"There's a real buzz about the group at the moment having qualified for the play-offs and, personally speaking, it's disappointing that I can't help with the final push in the semis and, fingers crossed, the final.
"Looking a little further ahead, we have a strong set of props here, many of whom will be going to the World Cup later in the year and I had hoped that I could maybe stick around a little bit longer to help some of the youngsters who'll still be involved during that period, but unfortunately that’s not to be.
"However, it's fair to say that the region is in a strong position right now. The Ospreys have achieved so much since 2003 and I'm proud to have been able to play a small part in the success over the last 12 years, helping to create history. I think this group can go on and create more history of its own over the coming seasons and I'm now becoming a supporter watching with interest how they progress.
"I'm grateful to everybody I’ve worked with at Neath, with Wales, and, in particular at the Ospreys, for all the support I've had and for allowing me to enjoy some fantastic experiences and memories that will stay with me forever."