Luke Fitzgerald has announced his retirement from professional rugby

Luke Fitzgerald has announced his retirement from professional rugby

It has been confirmed that Luke Fitzgerald has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

The 28-year-old Leinster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions back suffering from a neck injury and has been advised to retire on medical grounds.

Speaking to leinsterrugby.ie, Fitzgerald said: "I've had a wonderful rugby career which makes it easy for me to move on to the next stage of my life. It's been an amazing journey in which I got to experience the highs and lows that come with professional sport and I have learned a huge amount from each experience.

"I'm very thankful for the opportunities I have had, the people with whom I've worked and the lifelong friends I have made. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the medical staff and coaches I've worked with throughout my career and at Blackrock College.

“It's been an honour and a privilege to represent my province, my country and the British & Irish Lions during my career and I'm glad to finish my career as a 'one club man'.”

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