Leinster hooker James Tracy has been forced to retire from rugby on medical grounds.
The 31-year-old was unable to return to playing having sustained a neck injury in April of this year.
Everyone at #LeinsterRugby wishes James the very best with his retirement and wishes himself, Ashley and their family all the best of luck for the future#ThanksJT pic.twitter.com/tm4B6gzHoa
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) December 22, 2022
Tracy made 141 appearances for Leinster and also won six Ireland caps.
A Champions Cup winner in 2018, the Kildare native also won four league titles with his province.
Tracy has since released a statement on his retirement, in which he paid tribute to several key individuals
"Playing for Joe, Leo and Stu, Leinster Rugby, the 12 counties it represents and my country, it has been a tremendous honour," he said.
He continued: "It's hard to single out a few but I feel John Ryan, Jim McShane, Stuart O'Flanagan, Garreth Farrell, Fearghal Kerin, Tommy Turner, Cillian Reardon and Joe McGinley deserve special praise for their help throughout my career.
"It has been an honour to represent my Leinster family and all the supporters."
Leinster and Ireland hooker James Tracy has been forced to retire at 31 due to a neck injury pic.twitter.com/pKYAhyVoko
— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) December 22, 2022
As reported by RTÉ Sport, Tracy came through the Leinster Rugby age grade programme and started his with Naas RFC.
He would later proudly captain Newbridge College and also had the privilege of playing with UCD in the All-Ireland League.