Ulster's Paddy Wallace to retire

Published Thursday, 15 May 2014
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Paddy Wallace has confirmed that he is set to retire at the end of the season.

Ulster's Paddy Wallace to retire
Paddy Wallace will retire at the end of the season. (© Presseye)

The 34-year-old, who has been capped 30 times for Ireland, holds the all-time record for Ulster appearances, having played 189 times for the province.

Having starting his career playing at fullback and outhalf, Wallace has more recently featured at inside-centre for both club and country.

Among his career highlights are winning the Grand Slam with Ireland in 2009 and featuring in the Ulster sides that won the 2003 Celtic Cup and 2006 Magners League.

A sad day for me – hanging up the boots is never easy.

Paddy Wallace

With his game-time suffering due to injury over the past 18 months, Wallace last played for Ulster against Zebre in December.

"I have been happy to call Ulster my home for all my life and to play at the one Province for a whole career is something that is really special," Wallace said, in the wake of his decision.

"Professional rugby is all I have known for the past 14 years. I am going to miss playing at Ravenhill, the fans, and everything involved with being a rugby player.

"However, I have lots of fond memories. I have had a great career and I wouldn't change anything for the world."

© UTV News
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