“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
Israel-born, Kildare-reared Rugby beefcake nerd god, tech start-upper and pub co-owner Jamie Heaslip talks to Paul Hayes of Dublin Globe about why he turned down offers from London and France to stay in Dublin, the city that he loves.
The senders of the following two entries have won an alternate Irish rugby jersey signed by Jamie ‘The Jamiemeister’ Heaslip (above).
If I win intend to give the alternative jersey to a guy called Frank who I was best friends with as a child, haven’t seen in a decade and I hear has just had his second child. It would be a nice way to re-connect with an old, old friend. Frank lives, breathes and eats rugby and this would make his day. (Tim Bot)
If I win I intend to give the alternate jersey to my “friend” Henry because it was his birthday last week and he is a rugby fanatic.
Disclaimer: – Henry is my son; – Henry was one last week; – Henry’s father* is from Connacht and never wins anything but he does wear an old Connacht alternate jersey on a very regular basis which is very embarrassing for Henry (Dublin born & bred); – The alternate jersey will be put “in Trust”** until Henry is 18. * That’s me by the way ** The rules of the Trust will dictate that Henry’s father regularly wears the alternate jersey until Henry is 18
Jamie Heaslip will be signing all manner of stuff at Life Style and Sports, Dundrum, Co Dublin, from early tomorrow.
On the former site of the original second Crackbird.
Bear at 35 South William Street, Dublin 2 will open tonight (Friday, 17th February). An old school grill, Bear is a collaboration between Jo’Burger Ltd, the company behind Jo’Burger, Crackbird, and Skinflint, and rugby international Jamie Heaslip who will tweet tonight’s official opening time from @JamieHeaslip.