Andy Kyriacou is to join the Cardiff Blues coaching staff after being forced to retire 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. Surgery failed to rectify the problem and he will now become part of rugby director Phil Davies' coaching staff, working with the forwards.
"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" he said. "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."