The tributes are flooding in for Ireland and Leinster legend Jamie Heaslip, following his retirement from rugby "with immediate effect".

Heaslip published a statement on social media today explaining that he has come to this decision based on medical advice, and to ensure his "future well being".

The towering number eight enjoyed a decorated career, and was part of Ireland's famous 2009 Grand Slam winning side. He won 95 international caps, and was nominated for the World Rugby’s Player of the Year in 2009 and 2016.

With Leinster, he won three Heineken Cups, three Pro12 titles and European Challenge Cup in 2013.

Teammates and opponents of Heaslip have been posting their tributes on social media following the announcement, with Rob Kearney and Cian Healy chief among them.

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