Hallam Amos: Cardiff and Wales wing to retire at 27 to pursue medical profession

Hallam Amos has performed 25 internationals for Wales

Cardiff and Wales full-back Hallam Amos has introduced he’ll retire on the finish of the season to give attention to his medical profession.

Amos, 27, was omitted of the Wales squad by coach Wayne Pivac, who hinted his medical profession was an element.

He just lately accomplished his medical medical exams and instructed Cardiff and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) he’ll dangle up his boots in June 2022.

“This season might be my final,” Amos confirmed.

Amos made his Wales debut aged 19 towards Tonga in November 2013 and gained the final of his 25 caps towards Argentina on the Principality Stadium in July 2021.

“After a decade {of professional} rugby, I’ve skilled rather a lot in rugby and been lucky to go to 2 World Cups, a Commonwealth Video games, a number of Six Nations and I’ve had lots of nice occasions within the regional sport,” added Amos.

“I am grateful for the unbelievable experiences I’ve had however the time has virtually come to face a brand new problem.

“I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved and telling Dai [Young, Cardiff director of rugby] and Cardiff, and Wayne [Pivac] and Wales early to allow them to plan for the long run sat rather a lot simpler with me.

“It is at all times been my intention to complete once I full my diploma and this season aligns properly with the ultimate 12 months of my medical research, so an ideal time to transition from pitch to hospital.

“All through my years combining college with a rugby profession I’ve had loads of assist – from the WRU, Dragons for the primary few years of my profession, from Cardiff Rugby extra just lately, and from Cardiff College itself – and I will at all times be grateful for their willingness to accommodate each features of my life.

“Specific thanks go to Dai and Wayne, who’ve been understanding during the last couple of weeks as I’ve talked to them concerning the thought course of behind my choice.

“Retiring at 27 will certainly be unusual, however I am dedicated to Cardiff for the remainder of the season and hopefully I can end on a excessive over the subsequent few months.”

Amos joined Cardiff earlier than the 2019-20 season having beforehand come by means of the ranks on the Dragons, the place he spent 9 years.

“It will likely be disappointing to lose a participant of Hallam’s high quality and he has loads of rugby left in him, however you possibly can solely admire his choice,” stated Cardiff boss Younger.

“Not many gamers get to exit on their very own phrases and to change from rugby to a full-time profession in medication units him up for an extended and fruitful profession.

“Hallam has labored arduous to juggle rugby and his research up till now, and has achieved an enormous quantity within the sport each at regional and worldwide degree.

“He’ll stay an essential determine for us for the rest of the season and may play with out the stress of the choice hanging over him.

“For now the main focus is on Cardiff and having fun with his rugby, and subsequent summer season we’ll want him all the very best for the long run.”

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