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Wales Forward Josh Turnbull Bids Farewell to Rugby

Wales Forward Josh Turnbull

Josh Turnbull, the seasoned Wales and Cardiff forward, has announced his retirement from professional rugby after a remarkable 17-year journey.

Having marked his 200th appearance for Cardiff last month, the 36-year-old has decided to hang up his boots. Turnbull started his illustrious career with Llanelli in 2007 and stands as one of the top players in the United Rugby Championship with 245 appearances, second only to Connacht’s John Muldoon.

During his career, Turnbull represented Wales 13 times across an 11-year span. His rugby legacy includes over 330 top-flight matches and caps for Wales at under-18s, 19s, 20s, sevens, and senior levels.

Notably, Turnbull was part of the Cardiff squad that clinched the European Challenge Cup in 2018. He’s set to transition into a coaching role within the club’s academy.

Reflecting on his retirement, Turnbull shared, “It’s a challenging decision to end my career, which seems to have flown by, but I’m confident it’s the right one. Rugby has enriched my life immensely, and I’m eager to embark on the next chapter.”

Known for his versatility in the second row and across the back row, Turnbull played for Llanelli and Scarlets before joining Cardiff in 2014. Although he made his Wales debut against Scotland in 2011, Turnbull struggled to secure a regular spot under Warren Gatland, making his last appearances for Wales in autumn 2021 under Wayne Pivac.

Cardiff head coach Matt Sherratt praised Turnbull’s dedication, commenting, “Josh has been an invaluable asset to Cardiff, both on and off the field. Playing 334 competitive games in the modern era is remarkable. He’s exemplified commitment, diligence, and selflessness, setting a great example for our young talents.”


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