Mike Ross is going to retire from rugby at the end of the season

His career was rewarded with a pair of Six Nations, Mike Ross won European Cup trophies, but he  said that he was going to retire from rugby at the end of the season.

In the Irish front-row Mike Ross always was present from 2011 until his final caps, on the tour to South Africa last summer. It was his 61 caps.

Mike Ross is the winner of two European Cups, he played 151 times for Leinster since signing for the province in 2009, he won the European Challenge Cup and two PRO12 titles.

The 37-year-old Mike from Cork had began his professional career with Munster, before moving abroad to play for Harlequins in 2006.

He is going to start his career in Dublin-based technology company Wizuda, although he hopes  in some capacity to stay involved in rugby.

“Rugby has been a huge part of my life and I've been incredibly lucky to have been a part of some amazing teams,”  commented Ross. “In particular, I'll never forget winning the European Cup in 2011 or the Six Nations championship in 2014.

“I never dreamed having had such a late start in the professional game that I'd go on to achieve such goals, or win 61 caps for Ireland. I'm indebted to my teammates and coaches, my friends and family. My parents, Frank and Patricia, have been a constant backing and influence throughout my career, driving me to countless training sessions when I was young in Fermoy RFC and supporting me from the sideline through all kinds of weather playing with UCC and Cork Con!

Ross said he would also like to acknowledge his friends and agents; Ryan Constable, Dave McHugh, and Justin Paige for their guidance over his career. He said he would like to pay tribute to his wife. The Rugby player said he it is hard to be out of home for monthes when you have two young kids but inspite of thism his wife was always an endless source of support and strength for him.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen paid tribute to his former teammate, he also thanked Mike and said:

"Mike has also been a great mentor to some of our younger props. Always being prepared to pass on his experience to ensure their continued development.

We wish Mike every success in the next challenge that he takes on. We will greatly miss him, his wife Kimberlee, his children Kevin and Chloe and his parents Frank and Patricia, all of whom have been fantastic supporters to Mike throughout his career."

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