Leinster and Ireland back row Dan Leavy forced to retire at 27 – ‘I can’t do more or ask more of my body’

Leinster and Ireland back row Dan Leavy to retire from rugby with immediate effect.

The 27-year-old has been capped 11 times for Ireland and has made 79 appearances for Leinster since making his debut against Edinburgh in 2014.

Leavy suffered a serious knee injury against Ulster in March 2019 and after medical advice and despite best efforts, was advised to withdraw.

His last game was against Ulster last month.

“I’ve done everything in my power to come back from the knee injury I sustained in 2019 but unfortunately I can’t do more or ask more of my body,” Leavy told leinsterrugby.ie.

“I would like to thank Andy Williams, my surgeon, and Karl Denvir, my physical therapist in Leinster, for everything they have done for me since then. I can console myself with the fact that I’ve tried everything over the past three years.

“From my early days at the Old Belvedere through to my time at St Michael’s College, all I wanted to wear was a Leinster rugby shirt. And if you can achieve that, it’s an Ireland shirt.

“I’m also very grateful to Leo Cullen. Leo has been an incredible support to me over the past few years. On and off the field, I can’t thank him enough.

“Not many people get to enjoy and experience what I have experienced as a representative of my school, club and country over the past 10 years.

“This isn’t the ending I was hoping for but looking back on the ups and downs they have all been shared with my best teammates, family and friends around me and what more could I ask for?”


Dan Leavy has announced his retirement. Credit: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Leavy has played seven games for Leinster this season. His last match was against Ulster last month.

A ubiquitous member of the two-time Leinster squad from 2017/18, he brought the club form onto the international stage when he made his Ireland debut against Canada at the Aviva Stadium in November 2016.

He made his Six Nations debut later that season, coming off the bench at the Aviva against England in March 2017.

He never lost a match during his career in Ireland and was a key member of the 2018 Grand Slam winning team.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen added: “Dan was a player who was marked as a special talent from an early age and I think everyone could see that, especially in those few years in and around 2017, ’18 and ’19, how dynamic and destructive a player he could play with Leinster and Ireland where he achieved unprecedented success at the time.

“While the public has seen very little of Dan since his injury, we’ve seen a lot of him here and we’ve seen the same determination, character and drive that marked him as one of the best on the pitch.

“Dan has also had incredible support from his family and all the medical staff here on the difficult journey of getting back to playing.

“Speaking on behalf of the support staff here at Leinster Rugby, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with Dan. He always brought such positive energy to the group and we will all miss him dearly but want to recognize the significant contribution he made to the team during his time here.

“Speaking to him, Dan is very grateful for the times he’s enjoyed here with Leinster, but for now it’s about we all supporting him as best we can as he begins the next phase in his life.

“I have no doubt that he will push himself with the same determination that we have seen since he first donned a Leinster shirt in 2014 and that he will thrive away from the rugby fields. We wish him all the best and I hope he knows he will always have a warm welcome here at UCD or later at the RDS.”

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