Will James: Gloucester lock to retire at season end

Will James playing for Gloucester

Gloucester lock Will James has confirmed he will retire from playing at the end of the season.

The Plymouth-born 37-year-old has four Wales caps and was included in Warren Gatland's 2008 Six Nations squad and Gareth Jenkins' World Cup Squad.

He joined Gloucester in 2006 from Cornish Pirates and has since made 159 appearances for the Cherry and Whites.

"I've had a great career but I want to finish on an absolute high," James told BBC Gloucestershire.

"I'll enjoy the games I'm going to be involved in and hopefully I'll be involved in many more before the end of May."

James confirmed he is set to take on a coaching role at an independent school in Yorkshire at the end of the season.

"Coaching is something I've been looking to get involved in for a while and it's a great opportunity I couldn't pass up," he added.

James will captain Gloucester in their LV= Cup game against Scarlets on Friday.