Dan Leavy forced to retire due to injury


Ireland and Leinster flanker Dan Leavy has been forced to retire due to further complications to a knee injury he suffered in 2019.
The 27-year-old suffered a horrendous knee injury in his province’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final win against Ulster at the Aviva Stadium.
Three months into his comeback in 2020 he required further knee surgery which forced him to miss the rest of the season. He played just seven games in this current campaign, the last against Ulster last month. With more complications to the injury he has now been advised by specialists to hang up his boots.
Leavy won 11 caps for Ireland and made 79 appearances for Leinster. He was a part of Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning side in 2018 and never lost a game for his country.
He said: “I have done everything I can to come back from the knee injury I suffered in 2019 but unfortunately I can’t do any more or ask any more of my body. I’d like to thank Andy Williams, my surgeon, and Karl Denvir, my physio in Leinster, for all that they have done for me in the years since then. I can take solace from the fact that I tried everything over the last three years.
“I am very proud of all that I achieved in my short time as a professional. Some amazing highs with my brothers in blue and in green and I am beyond grateful for those days and those moments especially the highs of 2018 in Bilbao, the Aviva Stadium and Twickenham.
“More than that I am proud of how I carried myself, in particular over the last few years, and I hope I represented my club, my country, my family and friends to the best of my abilities in those years. I am beyond grateful to them all for their support and in particular to my mum and dad, Eilish and Donal, my sister, Rachel, and my brother, Adam.
“I am also very grateful to Leo Cullen. Leo has been an unbelievable support to me over the last few years. On the field, and off, and I cannot thank him enough. Not many people get to enjoy and experience what I have over the last ten years representing my school, my club and my country.
“This is not the end I had hoped for, but as I look back, at the highs and the lows, they have all been shared with the best team-mates, family and friends around me, and what more could I ask for?”