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Teammates And Opponents Pay Tribute To Jamie Heaslip On His Shock Retirement

Teammates And Opponents Pay Tribute To Jamie Heaslip On His Shock Retirement

It's close to a year since Jamie Heaslip was injured in the warm-up for Ireland's game against England in the Aviva Stadium. Since then, he has not played a game of rugby, with an injury that was somewhat shrouded in mystery.

While there was talk just recently that he was on the verge of a comeback for Leinster after the Six Nations, today, the worst fears of Irish rugby fans were confirmed when he announced over Twitter that, at 34 years of age, he has been forced to retire from the sport.

In an unbelievable career in which he won 100 test caps (including 5 for the Lions), and over 200 appearances for Leinster, he was at a centre of a period of huge success for both his country and his province, winning a Grand Slam, two Triple Crowns, three Six Nations Championships, three Pro-12s, three Heineken Cups, and a Challenge Cup.

He was also twice nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year, and in 2016, won the World Rugby Try of the Year for this:

Since the announcement came in, the rugby world have been quick to react to the news.

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Congrats on a special career big man @jamieheaslip Memories that will last forever.

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