Leinster Rugby backrow Dan Leavy has announced he will retire from rugby with immediate effect.
The 27-year-old has played 79 times for Leinster Rugby since his debut against Edinburgh Rugby in October 2014 and has also won 11 Ireland caps.
Leavy suffered a significant knee injury against Ulster Rugby in March 2019, and following expert medical opinion, he has been advised to retire.
Leavy said, “I have done everything I can to come back from the knee injury I suffered in 2019 but unfortunately I can’t do any more or ask any more of my body.
“I’d like to thank Andy Williams, my surgeon, and Karl Denvir, my physio in Leinster, for all that they have done for me in the years since. I can take solace from the fact that I tried everything over the last three years.
“From the early days in Old Belvedere to my time at St Michael’s College, all I wanted was to pull on a Leinster Rugby jersey. And then when you achieve that, it’s an Ireland jersey.
“I am very proud of all that I achieved in my short time as a professional.
“Some amazing highs with my brothers in blue and in green and I am beyond grateful for those days and those moments especially the highs of 2018 in Bilbao, the Aviva Stadium and Twickenham.
“More than that I am proud of how I carried myself, in particular over the last few years, and I hope I represented my club, my country, my family and friends to the best of my abilities in those years. I am beyond grateful to them all for their support and in particular to my mum and dad, Eilish and Donal, my sister, Rachel, and my brother, Adam.
“I am also very grateful to Leo Cullen. Leo has been an unbelievable support to me over the last few years. On the field, and off, and I can’t thank him enough.
“This is not the end I had hoped for, but as I look back, at the highs and the lows, they have all been shared with the best teammates, family and friends around me, and what more could I ask for?”
Leinster Rugby head coach Leo Cullen said, “Dan was a player earmarked from an early age as a special talent and I think everyone could see that, especially in those few years in and around 2017, ’18 and ’19, just how dynamic and destructive a player they could be with Leinster and with Ireland where they went on to achieve unprecedented success at that time.
“Speaking on behalf of the support staff here at Leinster Rugby it has been a pleasure and privilege to have worked with Dan. He always brought such a positive energy to the group and we will all miss him dearly but would like to acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to the team during his time here. ”
Leavy, who played seven times for Leinster this season and last appeared against Ulster Rugby last month, made his debut in October 2014 and has played 79 times in total for Leinster Rugby scoring 17 tries.
He made his Six Nations debut later that season coming off the bench against England at the Aviva Stadium in March 2017.
During his Ireland career, he never lost a game during his 11 caps and was a key member of the Grand Slam winning side of 2018.