RugbyU: Leinster and Ireland star Ross to retire


London, United Kingdom — Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season.

Ross made his Test debut in 2009 and won 61 caps for Ireland, while twice helping his country win the Six Nations title.

The 37-year-old represented Ireland at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups and made his final international appearance against South Africa last year.

He joined Leinster from Harlequins eight years ago, helping the Irish province win two European Cups, the European Challenge Cup and two Celtic League titles.

“Rugby has been a huge part of my life, and I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been a part of some amazing teams,” Ross told Leinster’s website.

“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.”

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen added: “Mike has played such a major role in Leinster’s successes since he joined from Harlequins in 2009.

“He was at the very heart of Leinster’s famous comeback against Northampton in the 2011 European Cup final with a brilliant second-half scrummaging display that helped turn the tide of momentum.”