Leinster Rugby’s Dan Leavy has announced his retirement from the game at the age of 27.
The back row suffered a major knee injury in 2019 and has been advised to depart the game on medical grounds.
Leavy debuted for Leinster against Edinburgh in October 2014, winning 79 caps for the Blues, scoring 17 tries in the process. He made his first of 11 appearances for Ireland in November 2016 against Canada and was a key meber of the Grand Slam-winning side of 2018.
He’s played seven times for Leinster this season, last appearing against Ulster in March.
“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”, Leavy told LeinsterRugby.ie.
“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 then. 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 in 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.”
You can read the full statement here.