Stalwart Old Glory center Ciaran Hearn is hanging up his boots, as he announced his retirement after the team's victory over Austin this weekend. The 35-year-old Canadian has had a long career, ending on a high note in DC.
Originally from Newfoundland, Ciaran played rugby in high school before moving on to local clubs and provincial teams. In 2010, he moved to Wales to play for the North Wales Rebels, before moving up to play for the London Irish in the English Premiership from 2015 to 2019. In 2020, he joined Old Glory DC for the team's inaugural MLR season.
Ciaran also has a ton of experience with the Canadian national team. He debuted against Ireland in 2008 and proceeded to earn 73 caps and 62 starts with Canada over the course of his 11-year international career. He played in three consecutive Rugby World Cups, starting in New Zealand 2011 and most recently in Japan 2019. He also took a turn with the Canadian Sevens team, earning 46 caps.
Known in the Old Glory camp as The Sheriff, Ciaran brought an extra level of experience to the back line. As well as being a powerful runner, his accumulated knowledge from over a decade of top-level rugby was a positive influence on everyone around him. Old Glory's young players, whether backs or forwards, have benefitted from his presence on the team.
In total, Ciaran has earned 14 caps with Old Glory, and was fixture of the starting lineup when healthy. Despite spending seven weeks injured at the start of the 2021 season, he carried the ball 345 meters, made 77 tackles, and scored one try while assisting another. While his retirement isn't surprising given his age, his contributions will be missed next year.
Well that’s a wrap folks. It’s been a hell of a ride. pic.twitter.com/PrlB4ADFVl— Ciaran Hearn (@Hearnia9) July 18, 2021