Luke Fitzgerald retires from professional rugby at 28
Luke Fitzgerald has retired from rugby because of a neck injury, it has been confirmed.
The 28-year old Leinster wing missed Ireland's tour to South Africa with a knee injury picked up in the Pro12 final loss to Connacht, having missed the Six Nations due to a medial knee ligament problem.
As reported in today's Irish Independent, it emerged that a serious neck injury sustained in 2012 prompted Fitzgerald to strongly consider retirement.
Leinster rugby have this morning confirmed the news that Fitzgerald will retire.
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 now building on that foundation through completing my business degree.
"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'.
"The support I got whilst playing for all three teams during the good times and the tough times is something I'll cherish and never forget for the rest of my life.
"I'd like to acknowledge my parents, Andrea and Des, my siblings Rachel, Rebecca, Sarah and Aaron for their incredible support throughout the course of my rugby career.
"Lastly, I'd like to wish everyone in Leinster and Irish rugby the best for the future and I look forward to taking my place in the stand supporting everyone in the future."