sport news Ulster and Ireland winger Andrew Trimble to retire at end of the season

Ireland and Ulster wing Andrew Trimble has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old won 70 Ireland caps between 2005 and 2017, helping Joe Schmidt's men claim the 2014 Six Nations title.

Trimble, who made a record 229 appearances for Ulster, also featured when Ireland claimed their maiden win over New Zealand, the world champions beaten 40-29 in Chicago in November 2016.

Ireland and Ulster wing Andrew Trimble has announced he will retire at the end of the season

Ireland and Ulster wing Andrew Trimble has announced he will retire at the end of the season

In an open letter published by Ulster and the Irish Rugby Football Union, Trimble called time on a sparkling career that included 17 Test tries.

'I know that I've been incredibly fortunate to have realised not one of my dreams, but two of them - to play for Ulster and to play for Ireland,' said Trimble.

'These have been some of the most fulfilling days of my life and I feel nothing but gratitude for them.

'But there's no way of stopping time - and I see that each day in the lives of my two young children, who are now close to beating me over five metres! So I wanted to let you know that this will be my last season playing professional rugby.

'I want to thank Ulster Rugby for allowing me the time and space to think things through before making what is probably the toughest decision that any professional sportsman will

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