Leinster centre retires from rugby due to knee injury
August 20, 2013
Leinster Rugby have confirmed that centre Eoin O'Malley has retired from rugby with immediate effect.
O'Malley, who is just 25, was struggling with a knee injury during the 2012-13 campaign and following consultations with experts from Ireland and America, he has called time on his career. He has played a key role in Leinster's recent success both in the RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup and while he did not win a Test cap for Ireland, he did play three times for the Wolfhounds.
O'Malley said: "It is obviously an incredibly tough reality that I am still trying to come to terms with. After exhausting all options I am devastated to be retiring from the game. But I am so fortunate to have such a great support base.
"People often refer to modern day sport as a ruthless and cut-throat environment but Leinster have without a doubt gone above and beyond in all aspects, doing everything they could in attempting to help me with my recovery."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Firdose Moonda talks to Rob Louw about the difficulties of being a South African touring New Zealand at the height of Apartheid
Huw Richards profiles French forward Walter Spanghero, a man who even rugby's hard men thought was a tough nut
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games