Irish rugby | Lindsay Peat Announces International Retirement

Lindsay Turf has announced that she is retiring from international rugby, marking the curtain on an amazing and inspiring career in green.

Peat made her debut in Ireland in 2015 and would go on to win 38 Test caps, her last appearance in the Autumn Test win over the US on The RDS last November.

A fearless and totemistic figure, Peat was a driving force both on and off the field during her six-year international career, inspiring a new generation of players through her achievements and passion for the sport and green jersey.

Although she has now put her international rugby career on hold, Peat is not completely hooked and continues to play in the Energia All-Ireland League with Railway Union.

Commenting on her retirement, Peat said: “Whether or not to write a statement was a question in my mind, but today it feels good to just say thank you.

“I have always dreamed of becoming a professional athlete, an athlete, and I have fulfilled that dream at the highest possible level. I still feel the need to pinch myself to believe it.

“For the past six years I have had the opportunity to sing my beloved Amhrán na bhFiann, sing Ireland’s call, meet the President of Ireland and play in a World Cup at home. In 38 appearances I have scored tries for my country and also gave away a few! I laughed. I have cried. I actually went out and ‘broke a leg’!

“I’ve played in front of thousands of fans against some of the best players in the world. I’ve signed autographs and I’ve been on television. I’ve had difficult conversations and I’ve had pleasant conversations where I met the most wonderful people who were interested in find out more about me.

“Over the past few years I have fulfilled my dream and played for my country: I played for Ireland. While I am just a single thread in a shiny green jersey, I hope I leave a bit of a legacy in the fabric and that my beloved No 1 jersey is better for me if I’ve worn it.

“I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thank you to everyone who has played an integral role in my journey over the past six years. To the IRFU and all staff at No. 10/12, to the HPC, coaching and management teams, medical staff, S&C coaches; nutritionists; match officials, sponsors and Rugby Players Ireland. To my opponents, my teammates; my Railway Union club – thank you.

“To the supporters, especially family and friends, who have supported me and us as a team. You’ve all been a huge help in building a women’s sports world, helping it thrive and keep pushing it to where it needs to be. You see the potential – thank you. A special mention to the young aspiring girls who come to support us: you are our motivation and inspiration to get better and keep going, even in difficult times – thank you.

“To all the teammates I’ve had the privilege of playing with and against over the years, where could I even begin to name all of you and the impact you’ve all had in one way or another to help me. to help develop as a player and above all as a person. It has been an incredible journey filled with the most special memories and I walk away with some lifelong friendships for which I cannot thank you all enough.

“Finally to the foundations and the people who have loved me; supported me; believed in me; gave me so many instruments of pride; passion; hard work; humility and never say that attitude – my family and extended family. I owe you the greatest thanks of all, because without you I could not have made this journey. Your support has been relentless and tireless and I am eternally grateful to you. Each of you has motivated me to be the very best version of myself on and off the field – thank you!

“I am filled with a lot of emotions as I confirm my retirement from international rugby. I am both immensely proud and sad in equal measure, but in the end I have an overwhelming sense of excitement for what the future holds.”

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