Wales rugby star retires from international duties

Dyddgu Hywel won 31 caps for Wales (PA Images)
12:04pm, Mon 16 Sep 2019
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Welsh fullback Dyddgu Hywel has retired from international rugby.

The 30-year-old cited time constraints as the reason for stepping back from the big stage, but she will continue to play for her club Gloucester-Hartpury. The English side play in the Premier 15s.

Hywel said: "The women's game is growing every year, the standard is exceptional and that demands more dedication.

"Although I'm not scared of hard work my job is demanding and I'm doing a PhD. I have to concentrate a bit more on my career.

The player, who won 31 caps for Wales, said that appearing for her national team was one of the highlights of her career.

"When I look back there will be many highlights - I've been in the red jersey of Wales for eight years.

"The first cap was special, scoring an opening try against France and getting a win against England in 2015."

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Fans will remember Hywel for her try scoring abilities. She scored in the memorable match against Scotland in the 2015 Six Nations tournament which Wales won 39-3.

Away from rugby, Hywel is a lecturer for Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She teaches education and childhood studies.

"I'm going to be keeping busy and fit. I have a keen interest in throwing - discus, javelin and shot put. I have a training session next week as it happens, so who knows," said Hywel.