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Eight Rugby players who had to retire too early

Some players stick around too long. Some are gone too soon.

Today, we’re bringing you a list of eight rugby players who retired too soon.

It sounds simple enough, but as you’ll see, retirement doesn’t always mean what it sounds like.

Confused? Then let’s get to the list.

1. Luke Fitzgerald

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Leinster, Ireland and Lions wing Fitzgerald was been forced to retire from rugby on medical grounds aged 28 in June 2016.

Fitzgerald had struggled with a serious neck injury for several years and suffered another setback in Leinster’s Pro12 final defeat by Connacht in May 2016.

Fitzgerald burst onto the international arena in 2006 but injury problems curtailed his career.

He did not make the 2007 or 2011 World Cup squads but finally made his World Cup debut against Canada in 2015.

After playing in every game of Ireland’s Grand-Slam winning team in 2009, he was selected for the British and Irish Lions squad that summer, earning one cap against South Africa.

The former Blackrock College player won 154 caps in a glittering career with Leinster, with three Pro12 league titles along with three Heineken Cups.

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