Paul James: Wales international calls time on his playing career

Paul James
Prop Paul James spent three years playing for Bath from 2012 to 2015 in between spells with the Ospreys

Wales international and Ospreys prop Paul James has announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 36.

James won 66 caps for Wales since his debut in 2003 against Romania and made over 200 appearances for the Ospreys over two spells with the region.

In a post on social media, James cited his shoulder as the reason for retirement, adding that it had not recovered despite two operations.

"I'm sad to say my time has come to an end," reads James' social media post.

"After two shoulder ops and a lot of rehab I'm afraid that my shoulder hasn't recovered."

James featured in three of Wales' five Six Nations games on the way to winning the Grand Slam in 2012 and played in all five games as they retained the title the following year.

The Neath-born prop also played five times for Wales in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and three more times at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"I look back with no regrets and loved every second of it," James added.

"I will miss the banter with the boys but hope to get a new buzz out of dipping my toes into coaching."

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