Sunday 25 September 2016

Leinster wing Niall Morris forced to retire at 28

Published 17/09/2016 | 10:21

Leinster have announced the retirement of wing Niall Morris at 28 after the talented attacker failed to recover from an ankle fracture and dislocation suffered in 2015.

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Morris played in two pre-season friendlies for Leinster this term but after consulting with doctors, decided to call time on his career.

The former Blackrock College pupil started his career at Leinster in 2009 before joining Leicester in 2011. Morris flourished in England, starting and winning the Premiership final with the Tigers in 2013, a game where he also scored a nice try.

Morris rejoined Leinster ahead of this season, but unfortunately, an injury suffered against Bath in 2015 has ultimately ended his promising career.

"Unfortunately my ankle, which I fractured and dislocated in an incident against Bath in May 2015 and have rehabbed for 15 months wasn't right after the Gloucester game, so I decided to seek further opinion and in the end I've been left with no choice but to retire from professional rugby," Morris said in a statement released by Leinster.

"While at 28 I'm disappointed that my rugby career has come to an end, having completed a degree in Business and Legal Studies at UCD and recently passed CFA Level 1, I feel I am well positioned to make what is a difficult transition and I am excited about what lies ahead."

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