27 Oct 2011

Welsh rugby veteran retires

8:00 am on 27 October 2011

The former Wales and British Lions rugby star Gareth Thomas has announced his retirement from all rugby, saying he can no longer commit himself totally to the game.

The 37-year-old, who switched to league two years ago, had been due to turn out for Wales in the Four Nations league championship against England this weekend.

But Thomas has decided it's time to retire after talking to family and friends.

The burly winger captained the Welsh rugby team, scoring a try in his 100th and final international, and he toured New Zealand with the British Lions in 2005.

Thomas made history two years ago when he became the first rugby player to openly admit he was gay.