The Ireland & Leinster No 8 says he has made the decision with his "future well-being in mind"

Jamie Heaslip is retiring with immediate effect.

The Leinster and Ireland No 8 has not played since suffering a back injury in March 2017, and says he is retiring with his "future well-being in mind".

He retires after 229 appearances for Leinster since 2005, 95 caps for Ireland, and 12 caps for the British & Irish Lions.

Jamie Heaslip. Picture by: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

In a statement this morning, Jamie said: "I have always said that rugby is just one side to me and that there are other avenues that I am keen to explore and that opportunity has come earlier than I would have liked but I feel that I am in a good place to take that next step."

He added: "To the Leinster, Ireland and Lions supporters. We've enjoyed some incredible highs together, and indeed some lows, but it was an honour to represent you all and I hope that I have left all three jerseys in a better place.”

Dermot and Dave gave former Leinster and Ireland legend Shane Byrne a call on this morning's show to chat about Jamie's retirement.

You can listen in full here:

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