Jamie Heaslip can retire knowing that he owns the best ever try scored into the Hill pic.twitter.com/5k5hSlwYFQ
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) February 26, 2018
“Time will get us all, but it’s cornered me earlier than I hoped. Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able to leave their chosen sport on their terms but too often that’s not the case.
“I have had to take on board the medical advice that I have been given and after talking to Sheena and my family, I have taken the difficult decision to retire with immediate effect from playing rugby in order to ensure my future well being.
“I’m very proud to finish my career as a one club man having played amongst some of the best in the game, who are all like a family of brothers to me.
“My goal when I started my professional career 14 years ago was to leave the jerseys that I wore in a better place and I hope I have done that.
“Thank you to the IRFU, Leinster Rugby, all the coaches, medical staff, back room staff, sponsors, media, supporters and most importantly my wife, family, friends and fellow players for helping me to make my dreams come true.
“I’ve had the time of my life on and off the rugby pitch but now it’s time for the next chapter.”
A statement released by Jamie Heaslip this morning
Pic: Irish Rugby