Ireland speedster retires with immediate effect, aged 29 - Ruck

Ireland speedster retires with immediate effect, aged 29

Adam Byrne, a former winger for Leinster and Connacht, has decided to retire from rugby at 29 years old.

The Irish winger who had represented his country at the international level, spent the 2022/23 season under the guidance of Andy Friend at Connacht.

Although he was last chosen to play for his nation in 2017, Byrne’s recent years have been plagued by injuries. There were even speculations about his potential move to the United States to join MLR (Major League Rugby) before he made the announcement regarding his retirement from the sport.

Before his time with Connacht, Byrne showcased his talents with Leinster, earning 66 caps between 2012 and 2022, and achieving an impressive record of 24 tries scored.

Byrne’s statement, posted to his social media, can be read in full below:

“The time has come for me to hang up the boots.

“Never in a million years did I think Rugby would bring me on the journey it has.

“The highs were some of the best days of my life, and the lows taught me a lot of valuable lessons.

“I want to thank everyone who supported me on my journey, all of the kind words, messages and gestures went a lot further than you ever could have imagined.

“A special mention to all of the clubs I have represented. From my early days at Naas RFC and UCD RFC, to Leinster, Connacht and Ireland.

“So many coaches, teammates, staff, medical teams and supporters helped me on my way, and I’ll forever be grateful to all of you.

“The biggest thanks to my Family and close friends.

“I’d like to think I gave it my best shot and I hope I did you all proud with every opportunity I got.

“I’ll look back with only the fondest memories of my Rugby career. The game has given me some of my best friends, experiences I could only dream of, life lessons and the opportunity to discover and understand myself as a person. It also gave me a few scars for good measure!

“A mention to those who have helped me in developing the next stage of my life. Rugby Players Ireland, UCD Ad Astra, and all those individuals who have given me advice and support (and continue to do so).

“Finally to the team at Output Sports, who have helped make the transition into my next chapter as seamless as possible. Thank you Martin, Darragh and Jules.

“I’m hugely excited to embark on this next chapter and bring everything I have learned from Rugby with me through life.

“If I can be of help in any area, particularly to the younger players please reach out.

“Also please connect if you’re involved in Health, Fitness and Sport as I start my next journey.

“Thank you”

World Cup Quiz: