Wales stalwart forced to retire
The 36-year-old failed to recover from a shoulder injury despite having two operations and rehabilitation.
“I’m sad to say my time has come to an end,” James said in a social media post.
“After two shoulder ops and a lot of rehab I’m afraid that my shoulder hasn’t recovered.”
He added: “I look back with no regrets and loved every second of it.
“I will miss the banter with the boys but hope to get a new buzz out of dipping my toes into coaching.”
James picked up 66 Test caps for Wales and he made over 200 appearances for Ospreys
He was part of the Wales team that won the Grand Slam in 2012 and then retained the Six Nations title in 2013.
James helped Wales reach the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand and he was part of the squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 edition in England.
Source: BBC & Wales Online
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