Wales rugby star retires from international duties
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."
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.