Ireland international announces his sudden retirement from rugby at just 29

Hanging up the boots.

In a shock announcement on social media this evening, former Ireland, Leinster, and Connacht winger, Adam Byrne, has announced his retirement from rugby at just 29.

Byrne made his debut for Leinster back in 2012, impressing for the eastern province over a number of seasons before going on to win international accolades in 2017, where he earned his one and only cap against Argentina during the Autumn International Series, starting the game as a winger and ending the game as a centre.

He also represented Ireland Sevens back in 2015 and played six times for the U20s.

Byrne’s career was unfortunately riddled with injury, with the Kildare man signing for Connacht ahead of last season. Injuries once again restricted him to just six appearances with the western province, and he has ultimately decided to call time on his career despite being linked with a move to the MLR in America.

“The time has come for me to hang up the boots,” Byrne said.

“Never in a million years did I think Rugby would bring me on the journey it has. The highs were some of the best days of my life, and the lows taught me a lot of valuable lessons.

“I want to thank everyone who supported me on my journey, all of the kind words, messages, and gestures went a lot further than you ever could have imagined

“A special mention to all of the clubs I have represented. From my early days at Naas RFC and UCD RFC, to Leinster, Connacht and Ireland. So many coaches, teammates, staff, medical teams, and supporters helped me on my way, and I’ll forever be grateful to all of you.

“The biggest thanks to my Family and close friends.

“I’d like to think I gave it my best shot and I hope I did you all proud with every opportunity I got.

“I’ll look back with only the fondest memories of my Rugby career. The game has given me some of my best friends, experiences I could only dream of, life lessons and the opportunity to discover and understand myself as a person. It also gave me a few scars for good measure!

“A mention to those who have helped me in developing the next stage of my life. Rugby Players Ireland, UCD Ad Astra, and all those individuals who have given me advice and support (and continue to do so).

“Finally to the team at Output Sports, who have helped make the transition into my next chapter as seamless as possible. Thank you Martin, Darragh and Jules.

“I’m hugely excited to embark on this next chapter and bring everything I have learned from Rugby with me through life. If I can be of help in any area, particularly to the younger players please reach out.

“Also please connect if you’re involved in Health, Fitness, and Sport as I start my next journey.”

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