Ian Nagle announces retirement from professional rugby

Ian Nagle started his career with Munster
Ian Nagle started his career with Munster

Irish lock Ian Nagle has announced his decision to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Nagle started his career with Munster in 2010 after being promoted from the club academy and went on to win the Celtic League in his first season with the club. He was also part of Munster's famous win over Australia where he went on to win the player of the match award.

Following a loan stint with Newcastle Falcons and a brief association with London Irish, the 32-year-old switched to Leinster in 2016 and also had a loan stint with Ulster and remained with the province until the end of the 2018/19 season.

His final phase of his career came with Zebre after being part of the Italian side for the last two seasons. He was called up to train with the Ireland's Six Nations squad ahead of the 2012 season but failed to feature in any Tests but represented Ireland Wolfhounds, Ireland Under20 and Emerging Ireland in the past.

"Finished up with my last season of rugby. I feel very lucky to have worked and played alongside so many good people over the years. To everyone who supported me and wished me well - thank you!" he wrote in a social media post.