"After 14 years" - Harlequins legend confirms he will retire at the end of the season - Ruck

“After 14 years” – Harlequins legend confirms he will retire at the end of the season

Ross Chisholm, a long-serving member of Harlequins, has declared that he will be concluding his professional rugby career at the conclusion of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership season.

With 128 appearances for Harlequins to his name, the 32-year-old will retire after a remarkable 14-year stint with the Famous Quarters.

Chisholm made his senior debut for the Harlequins back in 2009. He soon established himself as a mainstay in the squad, and was a key player in Quins European Challenge Cup triumph of 2011. Chisholm added to his winners medals the following season, as the back-three player was an integral part of the 2011/12 Aviva Premiership winning side.


Success continued to come for Chisholm, as he and Quins followed the league title triumph up with the 2012/13 LV Cup. Chisholm started at fullback for the final, as Quins despatched Sale Sharks 32-14 at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium. There was a halt for Chisholm’s next winners medal, which came in the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership victory. Quins defied the odds after finishing fourth that season, and performed outstanding comeback victories against Bristol Bears in the semi-final, and over Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium.

Alongside his playing career, Chisholm was also appointed the Harlequins Women Skills Coach, joining the coaching set-up in August 2022. A valued Harlequins Centurion, Chisholm’s 100th appearance came in 2019, against Worcester Warriors.

Speaking on his retirement, Chisholm said: “I have a huge amount of pride to have played for my boyhood club. I remember as a 10-year-old sitting in the stands and watching Keith Wood score a try for Harlequins. As a local lad that really sparked my love for the Club and my desire to want to play for Quins.

Cillian Redmond of London Irish challenges for a high ball with Ross Chisholm of Harlequins from kick-off during the Premiership Rugby Cup match between London Irish and Harlequins at The Brentford Community Stadium, London on 18 March 2022 (Photo: Danny Loo/PPAUK)

“I am sad to be hanging up my boots but immensely grateful for the amazing memories I have experienced at the Club. Having the opportunity to play alongside my brother James, and being privileged to play in some incredible triumphs, winning two Premierships, the LV Cup and European Challenge Cup.

“To my family, my wife, children and friends, thank you for supporting me through thick and thin. To the Quins faithful, the supporters who have travelled far and wide to support the Club, thank you for the amazing memories.”

Head Coach Tabai Matson added: “Ross has been an outstanding servant to Harlequins for his entire career and we’re enormously proud of his dedication and commitment to the Club for the best part of 14 years.

Harlequins Head Coach, Tabai Matson during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins at Kingsholm on 17 February. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

“He’s an exceptional leader, a fantastic role model for our young players and a true favourite amongst the Harlequins faithful.

“We are sad to see Ross retiring from rugby but we’re hugely grateful for his service and loyalty to Quins. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next chapter brings for Ross and his family and wish them every success going forward.”

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Joe Marler, the England prop, is known for expressing his views boldly, particularly when it comes to someone he doesn’t have much affinity for.

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The winger dramatically left Harlequins in 2017 to join Premiership rivals Sale Sharks in an unusual mid-season move.

I hadn’t spoken to the bloke in 18 months,” Marler told former internationals Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton on The Rugby Pod. 

“I’d lost the plot with him a good while ago. And let him be, let him do his own thing, because I’d given up on it

“He’d made the decision that he wanted to leave…you know, all the best to him. I wish him all the best. I don’t wish nastiness upon anyone.

“He’s one of those to just leave, as he won’t change in my mind. Me and him just don’t get on.”