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Wales forward Robin Sowden-Taylor retires from rugby

Sowden-Taylor in action for the Dragons
Sowden-Taylor won eight caps for Wales

Wales back-row Robin Sowden-Taylor has announced his retirement from competitive rugby at the age of 28.

The Cardiff-born flanker joined the Newport Gwent Dragons in July after leaving Cardiff Blues.

Sowden-Taylor won eight caps for Wales following his debut in the win against Italy in 2005.

"After considerable deliberation I have decided that the time has come for me to pursue and develop new avenues for the next stage of my life," he said.

Having made his debut for Cardiff RFC in 2001, Sowden-Taylor went on to captain the Blues during the 2005/6 season.

He suffered a career-threatening ankle injury during a Celtic League match against the Ospreys in September 2006.

Although he successfully returned from injury, he found himself behind Martyn Williams and Sam Warburton in the Blues pecking order.

He joined the Dragon last year and scored two tries in eight games, with his last appearance against Gloucester last November.

"I have been a professional rugby player for over 10 years, I am proud of that and I have achieved my life long ambition of playing for Wales," added Sowden-Taylor.

"At the age of 28 I know that the time has now come to move forward with my life and gain new experiences whilst I am still younger enough to appreciate them.

"Rugby has given me so much pleasure and there have been many incredible highs in my rugby career such as playing for Wales against South Africa, the World Champions in front of a packed Millennium Stadium.

"I was also proud to be captain of the Cardiff Blues in their final game at the Cardiff Arms Park also. I would like to thank the Dragons for allowing me to pursue other career paths."

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see also
Sowden-Taylor signs for Dragons
15 Jul 10 |  Welsh
Morgan & Sowden-Taylor exit Blues
06 Jul 10 |  Welsh
Sowden-Taylor eyes swift recovery
20 Sep 06 |  Cardiff Blues

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