Former Wales international Peel announces retirement


Former Wales international Dwayne Peel has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect due to a persistent shoulder injury.

Scrum-half Peel earned 76 caps for Wales after making his debut against Japan in 2001, going on to captain his country during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

The 34-year-old played his part in the Six Nations Grand Slam triumphs of 2005 and 2008 and made three appearances for the British and Irish Lions.

Bristol captain Peel will now join the club's coaching staff for the remainder of the season after deciding to hang up his boots following medical advice.

"It was a tough decision to make because I love the game, however following the medical advice, I really had no further choice," he told the club's official website.

"I've been fortunate enough to enjoy some incredible experiences during my playing career and have met some fantastic people.

"I'm grateful to Bristol Rugby for their support and will continue to work hard alongside the coaching team to ensure the season ends on a high and I am excited for the new challenge that awaits."

Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson added: "I am disappointed and saddened for Dwayne that he has been forced to retire because of the shoulder injury.

"On behalf of Bristol Rugby, I'd like to congratulate Dwayne on a remarkable career. Everyone that has played with or against him knows what a fine, skillful player he was.

"His influence around the training ground and on all the players has been significant and that's why I had no hesitation in bringing Dwayne into our backroom staff ahead of the end of season push."