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Leinster’s Kevin McLaughlin announces retirement following concussion

Kevin McLaughlin
Kevin McLaughlin

31-year-old Leinster and Ireland forward Kevin McLaughlin has today announced that he will be retiring from rugby on medical grounds.

The forward who has been capped eight times by Ireland, suffered a concussion during Leinster’s opening Guinness Pro 12 clash against Edinburgh.

Following neurological tests, it was recommended that it would be in his best long-term interests to stop playing.

"It is upsetting and frustrating to have to retire when I feel I have so much left to give but it is the right decision and I am glad that our medical staff were so pro-active in encouraging me to see a neurologist and getting his expert opinion," he said.

"The support I have received from the club and my team mates has been incredible and will help to soften the blow of having to having to retire from the game I love.

"The two Heineken Cups, particularly the 2012 win in Twickenham will also last long in the memory. I was lucky enough to be involved in Leinster throughout a very successful and rewarding period during which I have learned a lot about life and made lifelong friends.”