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Former Wales hooker Steve Jones forced to retire due to hip injury

Last Updated: 18/04/13 1:24pm

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Steve Jones: Sidelined since December by injury

Steve Jones: Sidelined since December by injury

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Former Wales international Steve Jones has been forced to announce his retirement from all rugby due to injury.

The Newport Gwent Dragons hooker has conceded defeat in his battle to overcome a troublesome hip problem and has reluctantly decided to hang up his boots.

The 35-year-old has not played since suffering a bicep injury in the clash with Treviso in December, which has now proved to be the last of his 180 appearances for the Men of Gwent.

"I'm devastated with the news and the fact that I will never put my boots on and run onto Rodney Parade with my team mates again," said Jones, who made his Wales debut against Japan in 2001 and won four further caps.

"I have been fortunate to play and work with some great players and coaches spanning 10 years since the inception of the Dragons, many of these players and coaches I am grateful to be able to call close friends.

"I would like to thank everyone at Rodney Parade, who have made my time such an enjoyable experience and helping me to further my rugby career.

"I would also like to thank the fans for all of their support over the years, even though I come from the Ospreys region.

"I feel that a new chapter in my life awaits my family and I, and if the next 10 years are as good as the last you won't hear me complaining."

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