Cardiff back Matthew Morgan announces retirement from professional rugby

Matthew Morgan has played 122 times for Cardiff Rugby
Matthew Morgan has played 122 times for Cardiff Rugby
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Former Wales fullback Matthew Morgan has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Morgan made his professional rugby debut with Swansea in 2010 and also played for 65 games for Ospreys before switching to Bristol Bears in 2014. He also joined Cardiff in 2016 and has racked up 122 appearances for the Blue and Blacks.

The 31-year-old also played for Wales in five Tests having made his international debut in 2016 but now has been forced into retirement following a knee injury.

"It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from professional rugby following an on going knee injury," he told the club's official website.

“Over my career rugby has influenced my life in so many ways it has made me grow to the person I am today. I have met some of the most amazing people from coaches, players, medical teams, backroom staff, chefs, kit men who have all played a huge role in my career and day to day life.

“I am truly thankful and grateful I’ve had this opportunity and thank every club I’ve been lucky enough to play for. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the consistent fans for the on going support and commitment.

“Also huge thank you to my wife, parents, family and friends for being there through the highs and lows. Rugby will always have a huge place in my heart and I wish the boys all the very best for their future.

“I will miss being a part of Cardiff Rugby team but look forward to the next part of my journey and will always stay involved with rugby.”