Former Wales international Jason Jones-Hughes has lost his long fight against injury after being ordered to quit rugby once and for all.
The injury-prone centre underwent make or break surgery on his lower back in Ireland in a bid to save his career.
But the Australian-born Wales international has now been told by doctors to hang up his boots or risk crippling injury.
"Unfortunately I have been advised to retire from rugby on medical grounds, so it was obviously the best thing to do," said the 27-year-old.
"I have had a fair few injuries over the last few years so I know what they are all about, they are a reality of a contact sport like rugby where players' careers are becoming shorter and shorter. But it's still very disappointing when it comes to retiring."
Jones-Hughes, who runs a development company in Cardiff, spent last season at Munster after four years at Newport.
The former Wallaby Under-21 star switched allegiance to Wales when he was included in Graham Henry's squad for the 1999 World Cup.
He went on to earn just three caps for Wales, the last appearance coming against France in 2000, due to a catalogue of knee and ankle problems.
Meanwhile Munster have confirmed the signing of Neath-Swansea Ospreys centre James Storey as Jones-Hughes successor.
English-born Storey toured South Africa with Wales in 2002 but did not get capped.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.