It has recently been announced that Ulster’s most-capped player, Andrew Trimble, will retire from professional rugby at the end of this season.
Ulster Rugby announced today via Twitter that their most-capped player of all-time will retire from the sport after making 229 appearances. With experience in the World Cup and several Six Nations titles under his belt, the 33-year-old leaves behind him a career well worth being proud of.
With 70 international caps, Trimble had been out of the international picture for some time now but in a statement posted shortly after this announcement to the fans, he expressed gratitude for his time under the spotlight for both Ulster and his country.
“I know that I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have realised not one of my dreams, but two of them; to play for Ulster and to play for Ireland. These have been some of the most fulfilling days of my life and I feel nothing but gratitude for them.
“So I wanted to let you know that this will be my last season playing professional rugby. I want to thank the club for allowing me the time and space to think things through before making what is probably the toughest decision that any professional sportsman will make.
“Most of all, I want to thank you – the loyal and dedicated supporters of this special club. I know that nothing will come close to the experience of taking the field and hearing you raise your voices in support of the team.
“You stood up for me; I only hope that I stood up for you.
“With deepest thanks, Andrew Trimble.”
BREAKING | @andrew_trimble, Ulster’s most capped player of all time, has announced he will retire at the end of this season.
— Ulster Rugby (at 🏡) (@UlsterRugby) May 3, 2018
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena