Isa Nacewa has said that he is happy with his decision to retire from playing rugby, and that there is no question of him going back on the decision to end his career at Leinster.
The decision was made purely for family reasons, as he wants his three young girls to grow up at home in New Zealand. Despite only being thirty one, Nacewa is adamant he has made the right decision:
“I am. I told you I did want to retire here and I’m happy with what I’ve achieved here at Leinster, and that’s the main thing. The environment is special and I want to come back here in 20 years’ time and watch games at the RDS and wear a Leinster jersey, and I’m happy with that.”
The player won three Heineken Cup medals with the provice, and he enjoyed the most exciting period of his career, while wearing the blue jersey. Nacewa told the Irish Times: “It’s a different environment in Auckland but I’ve loved my time here at Leinster and I think playing with the quality of players here has made it that much more special. In 20 years time I can tell everyone I played with Shaggy and Drico and Girv. They’re all guys that I always admired and I’ve had the privilege to play with.”
Leinster supporters also received special praise: “Yea definitely. The fans here, I’ve always said, are second to none. They’re the most passionate fans that I’ve been around and the RDS is a special place.”