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Luke McAlister will not be joining Ospreys... or any club for that matter

By Ian Cameron
Luke McAlister during a New Zealand All Blacks training session in 2010

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Luke McAlister has indirectly put paid to rumours linking him to the Ospreys in the PRO14 by announcing his retirement from the game.

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The 34-year-old McAlister has enjoyed a storied career in the South of France after leaving the All Black setup in 2010.

McAlister posted to social media saying: “It’s a good time to let you all know that I have called it a day on my rugby career. It’s been one hell of a ride, 17 years travelling the globe doing what I love.

“I’m so grateful for the friendships that I’ve made as well as the endless memories. There’s been so many highs and lows along with a sh** load of injuries.

It’s a good time to let you all know that I have called it a day on my rugby career. It’s been one hell of a ride, 17 years travelling the globe doing what I love. I’m so grateful for the friendships that I’ve made as well as the endless memories. Theres been so many highs and lows along with a shit load of injuries. There’s been so much work put in over the years, that you guys don’t see as well as balancing my family life. Massive thanks to my family for your support over the years. I’ve had some tough times over my career and you guys have always been there by my side no matter what. My beautiful kids you’re the reason I breathe I love you two more than anything in this world. Thanks Amanda and Brooke for making trips over with them both, FaceTiming and including me in what’s going on when i can’t be around. Mum and dad, I wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for you both so thank you for everything ?. My friends you know who you are, your unconditional love and support means everything to me. And lastly the fans you guys, thanks for your support over the years. I have and will always have time for you guys I would be nothing without you all and your support thanks so much. I’m proud of my career and what I’ve done in this beautiful sport now it’s time for the next chapter which is to move back to the best city in the world Toulouse ( a little biased ? ). I will travel the world as a tourist and spend quality time with my beautiful family and friends as well as looking into my family business interests. Plus enjoying some social rugby 10s/7s tournaments around the world ?. Now you can follow my NEXT CHAPTER.?? Thanks again and god bless. P.s special mention to my ????Skippy my og, Minnie mins, Poppy and Boston. ?

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“There’s been so much work put in over the years, that you guys don’t see as well as balancing my family life. Massive thanks to my family for your support over the years. I’ve had some tough times over my career and you guys have always been there by my side no matter what.”

McAlister paid tribute to his family and his ‘beautiful kids’, before also lauding his supporters.

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“And lastly the fans [,] you guys, thanks for your support over the years.

“I’m proud of my career and what I’ve done in this beautiful sport now it’s time for the next chapter which is to move back to the best city in the world Toulouse ( a little biased).”

The 5’11, 95kg Waitara born back played for Sale Sharks, Toulouse, Toulon and Clermont on loan. He won 30 caps for the All Blacks with 11 coming from the bench.

McAlister was largely seen as an understudy to Dan Carter during his time in New Zealand, and was arguably one of the most talented All Blacks of his generation to turn his back on representing his country in favour of playing in Europe; all at the age of just 23.

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