Former Wales Grand Slam winner Hal Luscombe has decided to retire from the game with immediate effect and will be leaving Worcester Warriors before the start of the new season.
The 28 year-old centre-cum-wing played in three games in the 2005 Grand Slam campaign and featured in 16 Tests for Wales between 2003-2007. He scored two tries.
Born in South Africa, Luscombe joined Newport Gwent Dragons and made his senior Wales debut as a replacement against Scotland in a pre-2003 Rugby World Cup international in Cardiff.
He moved from the Dragons to the Harelquins before switching to Sixways to join up with former Wales and Dragons coach Mike Ruddock once again.
"It is with great regret that I have to confirm that Hal Luscombe has decided to retire from professional rugby," said Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby, Ruddock.
"Hal has been released from his contract in order for him to pursue different ambitions. He is a terrific guy who has been a fantastic player for a number of years with Newport Gwent Dragons, Harlequins, Worcester and Wales.
"I would like to thank Hal for his service to the Warriors and I would like to pay tribute to his outstanding character and performances over the years, most notably as a member of the Wales Grand Slam winning team of 2005. I wish him every success in the future."
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.