World rugby’s great and good pay tribute to Jamie Heaslip

Nigel Owens and Jason Robinson among those congratulating Heaslip on his career

Jamie Heaslip has called time on his rugby career after 13 trophy-laden years at the top.

Having made his Leinster debut in 2005, the number eight won three domestic titles, three Heineken Cups and a European Challenge Cup. He also picked up three international medals, and was a cornerstone of Ireland’s Grand Slam winning side of 2009, and the Championship winning vintages of 2014 and 2015.

Twice a Lions tourist, Heaslip played with and against some of the biggest names in world rugby - and they all paid tribute to an Irish great after the announcement of his retirement on Monday.

Some career indeed.