Wales star James Davies retires with immediate effect due to concussion

James ‘Cubby’ Davies has made the decision to retire aged 31 due to concussion fears, walking away from the playing side of the sport after nearly 500 days on the sidelines

Wales and Scarlets star James Davies has retired from rugby with immediate effect

Scarlets and Wales back rower James Davies has confirmed his decision to retire from professional rugby due to concussion concerns.

The 31-year-old hasn’t played for a club or country since facing Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup in November 2020. Davies – younger brother of fellow fan favorite and captain of the Scarlets Jonathan – suffered repeated blows to the head and stressed his desire to resign in order to avoid a more serious setback.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my career here at the Scarlets and made some amazing friends along the way, but after speaking to specialists it’s pretty clear that I can’t continue playing rugby,” he said in a statement posted on the official website. Scarlet website. “At the moment, fortunately, I am able to lead a normal life, which I was not able to do for a long time after the blow I had.

“Any blow to the head in training or in a match and I could go back to the start of it all, which is unthinkable for me. It’s been a tough couple of years, but the support I’ve had from my family, my friends, his teammates, his coaches and the club have been amazing and for that I am extremely grateful.

The nine-year-old Scarlets veteran made his senior debut for Wales in a Six Nations win over Italy in March 2018. He went on to earn 11 caps for his country and made the squad. the 2019 Rugby World Cup, not forgetting to win a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Davies also played a crucial role in the Scarlets side that beat Munster to win the 2017 PRO12 title. of Parc y Scarlets.

Wales and Scarlets star James Davies has retired from rugby with immediate effect


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“Cubby has been a great Scarlet, a phenomenal player who gave his all for the jersey and a huge character around the group,” head coach Dwayne Peel said after Friday’s announcement. “Even when he’s not playing he’s been enthusiastic and fantastic around the team. He loves the club and loves everything about the place and just wants to help the team improve in any way he can. .

“We all saw how hard he worked to try to get back on the pitch. It was difficult for him because you know how much he missed playing, but a person’s health always has to come into play. I’m sure Cub will continue to have a big impact on rugby – the game needs his knowledge and foresight and we all wish him the best of luck going forward.

Scarlets general manager Jon Daniels hailed the injury-plagued personality as a “particularly mischievous character”, who “has always been true to himself”. Off the field, Davies started a business called My Cubby Store, a luggage company providing pet owners with products to take their dogs and other pets with them on their travels.

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