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Budgett announces retirement

Former Wales forward Nathan Budgett has been forced into retirement after failing to overcome an ankle injury, his club Bristol have confirmed.

The former Ebbw Vale, Bridgend, Celtic Warriors and Cardiff Blues man, who could play at lock or in the back row, has not featured for the west country club so far this term having suffered his ankle injury in last season's play-off semi-final win over London Welsh.

The 35-year-old will join Bristol's strength and conditioning team until the end of the season, as well as assisting forwards coach Matt Salter.

Bristol head coach Paul Hull said: "Nathan has suffered a series of setbacks in his bid to regain full fitness, and following his second operation, the surgeon has advised him that he would not be able to play rugby again.

"Everybody at the club would like to thank Nathan for his contribution to Bristol Rugby over the last five years."

Budgett was capped 12 times by his country between 2000 and 2002, beginning and ending his Test career with Millennium Stadium meetings with Scotland.

He joined Bristol in 2005, making 95 appearances.


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