Kyriacou joins Blues coaching staff
Andi Kyriacou is to join the Cardiff Blues coaching staff after being forced to hang up his boots due to injury.
The 30-year-old former Ulster and Saracens hooker joined the Blues last summer, but suffered a prolapsed disc after making just five appearances. He underwent surgery before Christmas but has been unable to make a full recovery and will now become part of rugby director Phil Davies' coaching staff, working with the forwards.
"Unfortunately I've failed to recover from the prolapsed disc I suffered and have had to retire following advice from the medical team," he said.
"It is really frustrating as I came to the Blues with the intention of working to establish myself as a regular first team player and wanted to make a real impression. So it's disappointing my injury has stopped me from doing this.
"I've been studying part time at Manchester Metropolitan University for a degree in sport science as I wanted to develop a career in coaching, so it's come about sooner than I expected.
"This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to working with Phil and the coaching team."