London Irish fullback Tom Homer announces retirement

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney
London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney
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London Irish fullback Tom Homer has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Homer started his professional rugby career with London Irish in 2008 and went on to make his debut against Worcester Warriors. He made a switch to Bath Rugby ahead of the 2015/16 season before rejoining the Exiles in 2020. Overall, he has made 126 appearances for the club spread across the two stints scoring 785 points.

The 31-year-old was part of the Irish side that reached their first-ever Premiership final in 2009.

“I suppose my love for life is now beyond the rugby field,” told Homer to the club's official website.

“I’ve played rugby for 13 years now and have some brilliant memories, but it just feels like the right time to retire.

“There is something poetic about finishing at the Club where it all started. I’m looking forward to the next adventure.”

Homer was set to join French Pro D2 side Montauban ahead of the 2021/22 season but now has decided to end his playing career.

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney wished Homer good luck on his future endeavours.

“We wish nothing but the best to Tom and his family in the future," he said.

“He has had a fantastic career and should be very proud of everything that he has achieved. I know he will be successful in whatever path he chooses to do next, and I would like to thank him for his generosity, work ethic and friendship during his time at London Irish.”

London Irish finished the 2020/21 season of the Gallagher Premiership at ninth place after managing six wins from 22 games.