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Top try-scorer Tom James retires

First Team News | 12th May 2020

Cardiff Blues legend Tom James has today announced his retirement from professional rugby, drawing the curtain on a stellar 14 season career.

The popular wing, who joined the Scarlets last season, spent 11 seasons at Wales’ Capital Region making 163 and remains the all-time top try-scorer with 60.

During his time at the Blues, TJ also won two European Challenge Cups, an EDF Energy Cup and 12 Wales caps.

He said:“With a lot of time to think, I’ve made a decision to retire from professional rugby,” said Tom.

“Looking back, I have some wonderful memories over the last 14 years; from signing my first contract at Cardiff Blues, running out onto Twickenham to make my Wales debut against England in 2007 and the couple of seasons I had with Exeter Chiefs.

“I’ve had unbelievable experiences in so many countries and that is all down to rugby.

“I have been fortunate to have been coached by the best coaches and have played with some of the best players in the world, including my idol Gareth Thomas (Alfie).”

“To all the supporters, the rugby family as a whole, I can’t thank you all enough, but the biggest thanks of all goes to my own family, friends and the many people who have helped me through my career.”