It’s never easy to close any chapter of your life that you enjoyed to the fullest. Yet this is the career point every player in every code comes to at some point. It’s with great sadness that the Ballywire crew learned that Irish rugby star Jamie Heaslip has hung up the boots on medical advice. Rugby fans found out the news on the Naas man’s instagram feed.
Time will get us all, but it's cornered me earlier than I hoped. Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able leave their chosen sport on their terms but too often that’s not the case. I have had to take on board the medical advice that I have been given and after talking to Sheena and my family, I have taken the difficult decision to retire with immediate effect from playing rugby in order to ensure my future well being. I’m very proud to finish my career as a one club man having played amongst some of the best in the game, who are all like a family of brothers to me. My goal when I started my professional career 14 years ago was to leave the jerseys that I wore in a better place and I hope I have done that. Thank you to the IRFU, Leinster Rugby, all the coaches, medical staff,back room staff, sponsors, media, supporters and most importantly my wife, family , friends and fellow players for helping me to make my dreams come true. I’ve had the time of my life on and off the rugby pitch but now its time for the next chapter. Jamie
It will come as no surprise to hear that Jamie was one of the most sought after brand ambassadors in the history of Irish professional rugby and sport in general. The Ballywire crew collaborated with Jamie on a number of projects including the famous Rugby Country activation by Guinness.
Top copywriter Nick McGivney wrote an incredible script to highlight Jamie’s skillset which puts into context his loss to the international scene.
The agency Cybercom managed the digital side and Ballywire captured the Kildare mans talents on the training pitch and edited the final piece for online use. No better time to reflect on what Jamie brought to the rugby party.
Enjoy the retirement and the memories Jamie and don’t be a stranger at Ballywire Towers!