**We can’t wait for rugby to return but one man who won’t be on the field again is Scarlets winger Tom James, who announced his retirement yesterday.**\n\nThe 33-year-old won 12 Wales caps and is the Cardiff Blues’ record try-scorer, crossing the whitewash an impressive 60 times during his time at Cardiff Arms Park.\n\nJames also played in England for Exeter Chiefs before returning to Wales and the Scarlets this season.\n\n"With a lot of time to think, I've made a decision to retire from professional rugby,” [he told the Scarlets website.](https://www.scarlets.wales/article/tom-james-to-retire-from-professional-rugby/)\n\n"I have loved the opportunity that the Scarlets have given me this season. It's been an awesome experience meeting new players, coaches and staff who will be friends for life.\n\n"Looking back, I have some wonderful memories over the last 14 years; from signing my first contract at Cardiff Blues, running out onto Twickenham to make my Wales debut against England in 2007 and the couple of seasons I had with Exeter Chiefs.”\n\nThere has been plenty of action across the Guinness PRO14 in the last 24 hours, including in Glasgow where the Warriors [have announced Rory Hughes and Matt Smith will leave the club this summer.](https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/glasgow-warriors-part-with-rory-hughes-and-matt-smith-39200204.html)\n\nHughes made 48 appearances for the Warriors and was loaned out to Leicester Tigers in January, while Smith made 25 appearances and joined Edinburgh on a temporary basis on February.\n\nBoth players’ contracts expire this summer and head coach Dave Rennie paid tribute to them both.\n\n“Both are good club men, popular with their peers and their contribution to the team and club over the past few years has been appreciated. We wish them all the best for the future,” he said.\n\nThere is plenty of transfer activity across the Irish Sea too, with Munster centre Sammy Arnold and back row Conor Oliver reportedly set to join Connacht.