Ulster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions back-row forward, Stephen Ferris, confirmed on Tuesday that he is to retire from rugby.
The 28 year-old won 35 caps for Ireland and made 106 appearances for Ulster.
He represented the national team at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and played in all five games of Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam success. That same year he was selected for the British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa and scored two tries before injury prevented him from claiming a Test place. He won his last cap for Ireland, against England, in the RBS 6 Nations in March 2012.