After the devastating news that Jamie Heaslip has called time on his playing career, we thought it would be a fitting time to look back at the 2016 World Rugby Try of the Year…
On Monday morning, rugby fans were shocked to learn that Leinster and Ireland man, Jamie Heaslip, had made the decision to hang up his boots.
Heaslip was once regarded as one of the greatest number eights on the planet but had been struggling with recurring injury issues in recent years.
Explaining his decision with a heartbreaking statement, the 34-year-old who earned 95 caps with Ireland stated that he wished he was able to leave the game on his own terms but that ‘time’ had cornered him sooner than he’d hoped.
“Time will get us all,” wrote Heaslip. “But it’s cornered me earlier than I hoped.”
“Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able to leave their chosen sport on their terms but too often that’s not the case.”
Tributes have already been pouring in for the Ireland legend with Leo Cullen penning a particularly touching statement about the 34-year-old.
However, no tribute can match watching the man himself at his very best and, in the 2016 Six Nations, Heaslip finished off what was undoubtedly one of the greatest team tries in Irish rugby history.
The try was named as the 2016 World Rugby try of the year with Simon Zebo, Johnny Sexton and Andrew Trimble all involved in an explosive move that was eventually finished off by the legendary number eight.
Check it out in full below.