Leinster's Mike Ross Announces Retirement From Rugby

Leinster's Mike Ross Announces Retirement From Rugby
Andrew Lowth
Andrew Lowth

25 Apr 2017

Leinster prop Mike Ross has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old has made 151 appearences for the province since he made his debut in 2009, following a move from Harlequins.

He then went on to play 61 times for Ireland, including at the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups.

Speaking to leinsterrugby.ie, Ross said:

"Rugby has been a huge part of my life and I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been a part of some amazing teams. In particular, I’ll never forget winning the European Cup in 2011 or the Six Nations championship in 2014.

"I never dreamed having had such a late start in the professional game that I’d go on to achieve such goals, or win 61 caps for Ireland. I’m indebted to my teammates and coaches, my friends and family.

"My parents, Frank and Patricia, have been a constant backing and influence throughout my career, driving me to countless training sessions when I was young in Fermoy RFC and supporting me from the sideline through all kinds of weather playing with UCC and Cork Con!

"I’d particularly like to pay tribute to my wife Kimberlee. Rugby can be very tough on a family, as I’d often be gone for months on end which is hard when you’ve two young kids, but she’s been an endless source of support and strength."