Ireland and British & Irish Lions wing Tommy Bowe has revealed he will bow out of professional rugby at the end of the current campaign.
The 33-year-old saw his hopes of adding to his 69 international caps in the Six Nations dashed by a recent shoulder injury that will keep him out for eight weeks.
Bowe said via social media: "I've spent most of my career in Belfast. At first, George said I wasn't very fast. I eventually found my gears, had some incredible years but it's time to tell you -- this is my last."
I've spent most of my career in Belfast,— Tommy Bowe (@TommyBowe14) January 15, 2018
At first George said I wasn't very fast,
I eventually found my gears,
Had some incredible years,
But it's time to tell you - this is my last! pic.twitter.com/KZa8Rwk4G1
Bowe made his debut for Ulster in 2004 -- earning an international call-up the same year -- and went on to play for Ospreys before returning to Ulster for the last five seasons.
The man from Monaghan, who was also a Gaelic footballer in his youth, played on the 2009 and 2013 Lions tours to South Africa and New Zealand respectively.