Ciaran Hearn the 2011 Pan American Games gold medalist and three time World Rugby participant has hung up his boots after 23 years.
Hearn who has had a number of caps with the Canadian team has official called in his retirement. Hearn started playing rugby at the young age of 13 with the Baymen Rugby Club in Conception Bay South.
He represented Canada in the 2011, 2015, and 2019 15s Rugby World Cups and won a gold medal with Rugby 7s at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Canadian also played professionally in the United Kingdom with the London Irish of the Aviva Premiership in the United Kingdom between 2015 and 2019.
President of Baymen Rugby Club Basil Crosbie called Hearn a steward of Canadian Rugby said in an interview.
“He is arguably the best center Canada has produced. He has provided inspiration to many aspiring rugby players. We hope that once he takes a break, he finds his way back to the amateur game, whether as a player, coach etc.,”
“I was blessed to be your coach and manager and, later in life, your friend. I (as are all Baymen) am happy you are leaving on your own terms, head held high,” he added.
Team Canada is now set to debut in their first Olympic Games after qualifying in 2019. Nathan Hirayama will be leading the squad of 12 in Tokyo as they kick off on July 26.
Canada’s women’s team will also be making their Tokyo Olympic appearance as the defending bronze medalists. The Canadian women have all eyes on them as the nation has high expectations for the team. The ladies are said to have one of the highest prediction rate of a podium finish for Canada’s teams.
The women’s games will kick of after the men’s on July 29.