After 13 years of professional rugby, where he was part of Ireland’s Six Nations winning side in both 2014 and 2015, Ulster winger Andrew Trimble has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of this current campaign.
The 33 year-old is Ulster’s most capped player of all time, playing an impressive 229 times for the province, and will step away from the game after their Champions Cup playoff game against the Ospreys on the 12th of May.
Trimble also made 70 appearances for his country and played in two World Cups
He penned an Open Letter to Ulster fans where he announced the news;
‘I know that I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have realised not one of my dreams, but two of them; to play for Ulster and to play for Ireland.
These have been some of the most fulfilling days of my life and I feel nothing but gratitude for them.
But there’s no way of stopping time – and I see that each day in the lives of my two young children, who are now close to beating me over five metres.
So I wanted to let you know that this will be my last season playing professional rugby.
I want to thank the club for allowing me the time and space to think things through before making what is probably the toughest decision that any professional sportsman will make.
Most of all, I want to thank you – the loyal and dedicated supporters of this special club.
I know that nothing will come close to the experience of taking the field and hearing you raise your voices in support of the team.
You stood up for me; I only hope that I stood up for you.’
Ulster’s Chief Executive Shane Logan also commented on the news saying, ‘Andrew has been an inspiration for so many young players across the province due to his uncompromising playing style, but also his kind nature and infectious personality. I know that he will continue to support Ulster in the years ahead and I wish him well in the years ahead.”
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