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Jamie Heaslip confirms retirement

Former Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip has confirmed his retirement from rugby union at the age of 34 on medical advice.

The number eight won 95 caps for his country and also represented the British & Irish Lions during a long and successful career.

The Leinster star captained his country on 13 occasions but has been unable to recover from a back injury picked up last year, with two operations failing to correct the issue.

After nearly a year without playing, Heaslip admits it is the right time to call it quits and focus on the next chapter of his life.

He told reporters: "I've had the time of my life on and off the rugby pitch but now it's time for the next chapter.

"My goal when I started my career 14 years ago was to leave the jersey that I wore in a better place and I hope I have done that."

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