Dragons centre Jack Dixon announces retirement

Jack Dixon has played 172 games for Dragons
Jack Dixon has played 172 games for Dragons
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Dragons centre Jack Dixon has announced his decision to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Dixon made his Dragons debut in the 2011 Anglo Welsh Cup game against Wasps at the age of 16. In the process, he became the youngest player to play Welsh regional rugby.

The 29-year-old has overall racked up 172 appearances for the Welsh province and has scored 12 tries. His final appearance came against Leinster in November when he sustained a head injury against Leinster. He also represented Wales Under 20 side in the Junior World Cup in South Africa in 2012.

Dragons head coach Dai Flanagan paid high tribute for Dixon and his contribution to the club.

“You cannot overstate Jack’s contribution to this club, and I have huge admiration for what he has achieved," said Flanagan to the club's official website.

“To play for one club as successfully as Jack has for such a length of time is an outstanding achievement. He’s been an incredible professional, a true fans’ favourite, who never once took a backwards step on the field.

“Away from the action, Jack has also contributed so much. He has been a superb role model for our young aspiring players, someone who leads by example and sets the highest of standards. He finishes with an impressive legacy.

“Jack will part of the fabric of our club and along with his family, Lauren, Alvey and Gracie, will always be warmly welcomed back at Rodney Parade.”