Wales and Scarlets flanker James Davies has retired from rugby owing to a concussion.

Cubby, 31, has not played for Wales since winning his 11th cap against Georgia in October 2020.

The Scarlets man’s most recent appearance came in November 2020, when Wales defeated Georgia 18-0 at his home ground of Llanelli.

Davies hasn’t been able to play since suffering a concussion during his 25-minute cameo as a substitute for Justin Tipuric.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my career here at the Scarlets and made some amazing friends along the way, but after speaking to specialists it’s pretty clear I can’t go on playing rugby,” said Davies.

“At the moment, thankfully, I am able to lead a normal life, something I wasn’t able to do for a long time after the knock I had. Any bang to the head in training or in a game and I could go back to the start of all this, which is unthinkable for me.

“It has been a tough couple of years, but the support I have had from my family, friends, team-mates, coaches and the club has been incredible and I am hugely grateful for that.”

Davies debuted for the Scarlets against the Dragons in 2013 and went on to make 101 appearances for the area.

In 2017, he scored in Scarlets’ Pro12 final victory against Munster, and the following year, he earned his first Wales cap against Italy.

“I have some amazing memories in a Scarlets shirt, obviously those two weekends in Dublin, La Rochelle at home, when I also had to play on the wing, Toulon at home in Europe, Bath away, beating Munster at Thomond Park that year, they all stand out.

“But I will remember the boys and the stuff off the field just as much.

“There are teammates, some who have come and gone from the Scarlets, who I consider lifelong friends. I will miss all that banter, although I’m not sure the boys will!”

Davies was included in the same team as his older brother Jonathan for Wales’ World Cup roster for Japan in 2019.

He also excelled on the sevens circuit and won a silver medal for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “Cubby has been a great Scarlet, a phenomenal player who gave everything for the shirt and a huge character around the group.

“We have all seen how hard he has worked to try and get back on the field.

“It has been tough for him because you know how much he has missed playing, but a person’s health always has to come first.

“I’m sure Cub will continue to have a big impact on rugby, the game needs his knowledge and foresight. We all wish him well with what comes next.”