Jamie Heaslip has announced that he is retiring from rugby.
The number 8 has been forced into the decision due to a back injury.
Heaslip posted the news on social media telling his followers he's proud to finish his career as a one club man after making 229 appearances for Leinster.
The 34 year old won three Heineken Cups with the province, and the Pro 12 on three occasions also.
The blues paid tribute to the legend:
On the international stage, Heaslip represented Ireland 95 times, and helped them to three Six Nations titles, including the 2009 Grand Slam.
He also toured twice with the Lions.
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. Jamie
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