Scott Baldwin retires from rugby

Scott Baldwin has announced his retirement from rugby after a successful career that spanned over a decade. He is set to take a coaching role at the Newcastle Falcons.

The 34-year-old made 183 appearances for the Ospreys since making his debut in 2008. His impressive contribution to the sport has led him to earn 37 Welsh National Team caps, a career pinnacle that is achieved by only a few.

Baldwin made his Ospreys debut in 2009 against Leinster, making 162 appearances for the team before moving to the English Premiership to play for Harlequins and Worcester Warriors.

The Bridgend Athletic product has been a key figure in Welsh rugby for many years and has played a crucial role in numerous international and domestic competitions.

Announcing his retirement from rugby, Baldwin said: “It was an honour to represent and play for the Ospreys and Wales, and I'm incredibly grateful for the friendships, memories and experiences that will stay with me forever.

“The opportunity to represent my country at rugby was a dream come true. However, every great adventure must come to an end, and it is time for me to retire and pursue the next phase of my life. I've been playing rugby for a long time and going to the next level of my life is the right decision for me.

“It was tough to make the choice, but the time is right. It's not an easy decision because playing rugby is my passion, but I feel it's time to step back and focus on my coaching career.

“I would like to thank everyone that supported me throughout my rugby career, from my teammates, coaches, fans and most of all, my family. It was an honour to play for Bridgend, Ospreys, Harlequins, Worcester Warriors and represent my country. Thank you for everything."

Head coach Toby Booth commented that: “Scott approached us with a proposal which we discussed and we agreed that the opportunity was best for him and his family.

“He has been an important figure in Welsh rugby for many years of his career and his decision to retire marks the end of an era.

“As he moves on to the next stage of his career, we would like to take this time to thank Scott for his time at the Ospreys and wish him well in his new role.”