Tributes paid to former Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip following his retirement from rugby 3 years ago

Tributes paid to former Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip following his retirement from rugby

Jamie Heaslip has called it a day.

Following the announcement of his retirement from professional rugby, fans of the game have paid tribute to Jamie Heaslip on Monday morning.

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"Time will get us all, but it's cornered me earlier than I hoped," the 34-year-old wrote in a statement.

"Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able to 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."

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