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Published: 14:46 | 8/3/16

Humphreys to retire

Ian Humphreys is to retire from rugby at the end of the season.

The fly-half joined Ulster in 2008 and has represented the province on 113 occasions, scoring 745 points in his time at Kingspan Stadium, while he spent time in England with Leicester Tigers (2005-2008) and London Irish (2012-2014).

With his 34th birthday approaching, the former Ballymena Academy has decided the time has come for him to hang up his boots.

"Unfortunately my body is telling me it's time to stop. I feel blessed to have enjoyed such a long career, the undoubted highlight of which has been achieving 100 caps for my home Province," he commented.

"I would like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey, particularly my wife Jenny, my daughters Anna and Zoe and the rest of my family.”

Ulster's Operations Director, Bryn Cunningham added: "Throughout his rugby career, 'Mini Humph' has been one of the stand-out attacking ten's in European Rugby.

"However, it is possibly his organisational and communication skills with players around him, often unseen by those watching, that made Ian such an influential person to have around the team. Everyone at Ulster Rugby wishes Ian, Jenny and the kids the very best for the future."

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