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26th Feb 2018

Jamie Heaslip Has Announced His Retirement From Rugby

Darragh Berry

Jamie Heaslip has announced his retirement from Rugby on Monday following a colourful 14-year professional career. 

The Leinster and Ireland Number 8 has made over 340 combined appearances for club and country winning three Heineken Cups, three Pro12 titles, three Six Nations, one of which was the grand slam in 2009, and two Triple Crowns.

He also won World Rugby Try of the year in 2016 after finishing off this beaut of a team effort by Ireland in the Six Nations that year against Italy.

Taking to Social Media, Heaslip said that he would have preferred to choose when he wanted to retire but sadly, that could not be the case.  

His statement reads: 

“Time will get us all, but it’s cornered me earlier than I hoped.

Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able 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 its time for the next chapter.


We wish you all the best, Jamie.