One of the most promising young players in Wales, Ben Lewis, has been forced to retire at just 24.

Ospreys flanker Lewis, who was set for a long career in Test rugby has made the decision to hang up his boots after a neck injury sustained last September.

“I’ve come to a decision which is the right one for me personally,” said Lewis, who did return to action for Swansea, after being capped by Wales at all age-grade levels.

“Regrettably, this means that I have to give up rugby, but some things in life are more important than the game, life will still go on for me.

“I’m still young so there will be plenty of opportunities ahead for me.

“I’m not going to rush into making any decisions at the moment, I’ll take my time and look at the options available before deciding what’s next for me.”

Ospreys physio Chris Towers said: “Despite satisfying all the physical objectives, on his return to rugby in February, to play in the Premiership for Swansea, he suffered subsequent symptoms, happily with no residual issues.

“However, the nature of the symptoms are such that regrettably it is in his best interests to follow the medical advice he has received.”