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Leinster lock forced to retire at age 23

NEWS: A young Leinster lock’s promising career has been cut short at the age of 23 due to a knee injury.


Charlie Ryan was a former captain of Leinster ‘A’ and also led the Ireland U20s side to a Grand Slam in 2019. His last appearance for Leinster ‘A’ came in 2020 and was awarded a senior contract by the province ahead of this season.

Speaking to, Ryan explained the difficulty of the decision but also that no stone had been left unturned in trying to find a way back.

“I finish my career deeply grateful to Leinster Rugby. Firstly, to Leo and the coaching staff for showing belief in me as a person and player despite my injury struggle. The signing of a senior contract with my boyhood club was one of my proudest moments, there’s nothing more the club could have done for me with respect to this injury.

“I leave the club at peace mentally due to the tireless work of the medical team. Every possible avenue to success was explored. ”

Ryan also acknowledged the significant impact his former coaches had on his playing career, while also looking back fondly on the times he did have on a rugby field.

“There are a countless number of coaches and mentors I will thank personally over the coming days for the help I received to get here.


“I loved playing the game, I’m so incredibly lucky to have got the opportunity to play it, I don’t regret one second of the journey. I have made connections with some incredible people that will last a lifetime. I could not have got to this point without the endless support from my family and friends. I am incredibly lucky to have had them there to help me. I wouldn’t have got anywhere near where I am now if it was not for their selfless support of me in my pursuit of this dream.”

Leinster Rugby head coach, Leo Cullen, paid tribute to the young lock and said, “Charlie has always been a player who has shown great leadership and that was clearly displayed when he led the Ireland Under 20s to Grand Slam success back in 2019.

“I think I can speak on behalf of everyone here at Leinster Rugby in wishing Charlie every success for what he turns his attention to next.”

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