Leicester Tigers legend Geordan Murphy announces retirement at end of this season

Geordan Murphy

Geordan Murphy has announced he will retire from playing at the end of this season.

The Leicester Tigers club captain made his 322nd first-team appearance for the club in the victory over London Irish on Saturday which earned a home tie in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals against Harlequins.

He said: “Every player wants to play on forever but, unfortunately, your body just doesn’t let you do that. It’s with a very heavy heart that I have had to accept defeat and announce that I will retire from playing this season.

“I have been very lucky with Leicester to win a fair amount of silverware and I am looking forward to looking back on that at some stage – it still hasn’t really sunk in.

“I have a lot of good memories that I will be able to look back on with great affection. The best part of playing is the players, the mates that I have made through rugby. I’m very lucky that some of my best friends in life are guys that I have met through rugby and played with and played against.

“Welford Road is a very special place, it is very dear to my heart, as are the supporters. I have been here a long time, stayed here when I could have left, and I think the supporters and Welford Road played a huge part in the reason I am still here after 16 seasons.

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