Ireland and Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip has officially confirmed that he is to retire from the sport.
Heaslip who has not played since he suffered a back injury during Ireland’s Six Nations against England in march 2017, officially confirmed his retirement via post on social media today.
The ever popular can favourite 34, was hoping to return to the sport in the coming months ahead, but unfortunately his return was halted due to the ongoing injury problem.
In a post on his Instagram account Heaslip posted the following statement: “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 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.”