Former Ospreys and Wales hooker Huw Bennett has been forced to retire due to an Achilles tendon problem.
Bennett, who won 51 caps for Wales, has been sidelined since the Six Nations clash against Scotland in 2012.
He signed for French side Lyon at the end of last season and made the move to France whilst continuing to recover from the initial injury, but failed to progress and never made an appearance for the club.
Bennett in total went under three operations to repair the injury, but rejected a fourth surgery when it became apparent that his chances of a full recovery were slim.
"You've got to face it for what it is... a career-ending injury. It's just time to look forward and look ahead to what life brings now," said Bennett.
"I went there [Lyon] hoping to be running within three weeks of pre-season.
"It got the point where the season had started and I was still in the rehab room, so I obviously wanted to repay them for having invested in me and, being the kind of character I am, I wanted to do that on the field.
"That's when Lyon then re-investigated and the decision then was to take a more intensive kind of operation, with a six-to-eight month recovery.
"[I would] feel the embarrassment going into training and not being able to help them on the field.
"And whenever I felt that emotion, I guess it showed in my face because in typical French style the coaches would come, they'd give me a hug and say 'don't worry, it's life, it's sport' and for that reason I can't thank them enough.
"They've been in the talks with me during this process and there're no bad terms."