Pro12: Injury forces Blues' Hewitt to quit

Dafydd Hewitt, Cardiff Blues
Dafydd Hewitt played for Llantwit Major before joining Cardiff RFC

Cardiff Blues centre Dafydd Hewitt has been forced to retire because of a neck injury.

The 29-year-old made 122 Blues appearances since his 2006 debut, having arrived from Cardiff RFC.

"It is hard to put into words how I am feeling at the reality of never wearing my Blues jersey again," ex-Wales Under-21 captain Hewitt told Blues' website.

"No rugby player expects to be told that they can never again play the game they love; it's the worst feeling."

Hewitt was a member of the Wales Sevens squad that won the 2009 Rugby World Cup in Dubai.

After making only two appearances in 2014-15, Hewitt said: "It was my childhood dream to play rugby for the Cardiff Blues, the team I followed as a boy and dreamt of representing.

"I have loved every moment of being a Cardiff Blue and knew early on that it was a club I never wanted to leave."

Blues chief executive Richard Holland said of Hewitt: "He has been an outstanding servant both on the field, including a spell as vice-captain, and off the field where he has been a true role model."

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