Mike Ross has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of this season
The 37-year-old forward won 61 caps for Ireland, making his debut in 2009
Ross also represented his country at two World Cups (2011 & 2015)
Leinster Rugby and Ireland prop Mike Ross has this morning announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the current season.
The 37-year-old Cork native has played on 61 occasions for Ireland since his debut in 2009 on the summer tour to Canada, while he has made a total of 151 appearances for Leinster since his debut in September 2009 against the Scarlets.
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A former Munster ‘A’ and Harlequins player, Ross signed for Leinster in time for the 2009/10 season from Quins and has to date won two Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and two PRO12 titles with Leinster.
He told Leinster’s official website: “Rugby has been a huge part of my life, and I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been a part of some amazing teams.
“In particular, I will never forget winning the European Cup in 2011 or the Six Nations Championship in 2014.
“I never dreamt, having had such a late start in the professional game, that I would go on to achieve such goals, or win 61 caps for Ireland.
“I am indebted to my team-mates and coaches, my friends and family.”
Paying tribute to Ross, Leinster’s head coach Leo Cullen added: “Mike has played such a major role in Leinster’s successes since he joined from Harlequins in 2009.”