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Heaslip Retiring / Appreciation Thread [MOD WARNING: POST 1]

  • 26-02-2018 10:53am
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,530 ✭✭✭ dub_skav


    I think many of us feared this.
    What a legend, he will be missed

    Edit: Felt it deserved its own thread

    https://twitter.com/jamieheaslip/status/968060885410381826

    MOD WARNING: This is now an appreciation thread. This is not something we wanted to do. Unfortunately as people don’t know how to behave like adults so there it is. You can keep your long harbinged grudges for another time...


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,961 ✭✭✭✭ Shefwedfan


    He seemed to announce it on facebook/twitter.

    It was on the cards. Fabulous player. After all the talk of never getting injured it was an injury which took him down.

    He will be missed


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,320 ✭✭✭✭ lawred2


    Sad to hear but not entirely unexpected.

    All the best to him.


  • Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 26,312 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Peregrine


    It's not a surprise but still sad nevertheless.

    The man was pure class. He deserved to go out on a high.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,200 ✭✭✭ scott1974


    Ah, well.. I suppose it's the best for him and his long-term future, great servant and owes us nothing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,452 ✭✭✭✭ salmocab


    Gutted, he’s going a bit far to prove Kimmage wrong at this stage though.


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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 30,309 Mod ✭✭✭✭ .ak


    Ah no. On the cards but doesn’t make it any less hard to swallow.

    What a warrior. Best ever 8 developed by Ireland. We’ve badly missed him for the past year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,530 ✭✭✭ dub_skav


    We could do with him for the next match up
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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,749 ✭✭✭ A-Train


    It was expected but still terrible news, a great great player.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,961 ✭✭✭✭ Shefwedfan




    Legend


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    Professionalism personified and his absence has been felt for both Ireland and Leinster. We'll be lucky if we produce another 8 of his calibre in the next 20 years.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,681 ✭✭✭ Try_harder


    Was expected by very sad none the less. A great servant to Irish rugby and, as injuries attest, always put his body on the line for Ireland


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,176 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    Absolutely gutted for the guy. Deserved to hit 100 irish caps

    One of our greatest ever players.

    But what a career.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,175 ✭✭✭ Sanjuro


    Really sorry to hear that. Not entirely unexpected, but still a loss. A proper legend for Leinster and Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 577 ✭✭✭ famagusta


    What was the injury?


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,587 ✭✭✭✭ 2smiggy


    so glad they kept onto him rather than donnacha ryan


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,715 ✭✭✭✭ Interested Observer


    That's a real punch in the gut. Incredible player for Ireland and Leinster. All the best to him.


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional South Moderators Posts: 15,201 Mod ✭✭✭✭ rebel girl 15


    famagusta wrote: »
    What was the injury?

    Back injury


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,251 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    One of the very best. Very sad to hear this but at 34 his future well being is priority.

    my avatar feels a bit more poignant now :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    2smiggy wrote: »
    so glad they kept onto him rather than donnacha ryan

    What an incredibly sad person you are, if this is the first thing that came to mind.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,402 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    It is a massive shame he didn’t go out on his own terms.

    Class player.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 38,249 ✭✭✭✭ Guy:Incognito


    For a guy that never seemed to get injured it's crappy that this has done him in.

    Odd that all the bits coming out in the last few weeks were about his imminent return.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,251 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    For a guy that never seemed to get injured it's crappy that this has done him in.

    Odd that all the bits coming out in the last few weeks were about his imminent return.

    its probably a case of the closer you get back to 100% the more you realise the impact of the injury


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,344 ✭✭✭✭ Podge_irl


    Absolute killer blow that the man who is ever present and uninjurable doesn't get to go out on his own terms. Wonder how much of it stems back to the Pape incident.

    Anyways, best no.8 I ever expect to see playing for Leinster or Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    I'll never forget 08/09 and our back row that year. Heaslip, Jennings and Elsom were just unplayable at times. I was at the Quins QF with mutual clubmates and I still maintain that was probably my favourite Leinster memory. We were only really scratching the surface of what would be a great career.

    He's been a brilliant player for Ireland, Leinster, the Lions and so on. Great, great memories he's left us.

    Such a shame that a guy who was so rarely injured ended up going out this way, but I suppose he was mostly much luckier than others in that regard.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    I know he'll feel disappointed at having to stop early. But he's 34, a Grand Slam, 6 Nations, European Cup, Pro 12 winner and Lions Test player and Captain to boot.

    That's a hell of a haul and should take solace in the fact he is walking away, healthy, if not on his own terms.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,000 ✭✭✭ kuang1


    You always hope that the whispers about something like this coming down the tracks are exaggerated.
    Sad news.

    One of my fondest memories was how quickly he bounced back from Pape's knee that time.
    Amazingly quick turnaround after getting 3 vertebrae damaged.
    Never thought that the man made of Titanium would have to call it quits thanks to an injury.

    What is the exact nature of this injury does anybody know?


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    That's a tough way to bow out but he seems set up for life post professional rugby and owes Irish Rugby nothing. Great player.


  • Registered Users Posts: 38,249 ✭✭✭✭ Guy:Incognito


    razorblunt wrote: »
    I know he'll feel disappointed at having to stop early. But he's 34, a Grand Slam, 6 Nations, European Cup, Pro 12 winner and Lions Test player and Captain to boot.

    That's a hell of a haul and should take solace in the fact he is walking away, healthy, if not on his own terms.

    It's a full year since the injury though. So in reality he finished at 33.

    Im sure he was hoping to go after the WC, so he's lost the final 30 months of his career.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    95 caps. It's a pity he didn't make 100.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,564 ✭✭✭✭ Buer


    95 caps. It's a pity he didn't make 100.

    Got the 100 test caps, just not all for Ireland.


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