Tuesday 12 December 2017

Leinster star Shane Jennings announces that he will retire at the end of the season

Leo Cullen (L) of Leinster lifts the trophy with Shane Jennings after the Heineken Cup Final between Leinster and Ulster at Twickenham in 2012. Photo: Getty Images
Leo Cullen (L) of Leinster lifts the trophy with Shane Jennings after the Heineken Cup Final between Leinster and Ulster at Twickenham in 2012. Photo: Getty Images

Three-time Heineken Cup winner Shane Jennings has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old, who won a Premiership title with the Leicester Tigers in 2007 during a two-year stint in England, was an integral part of the most illustrious period in Leinster's period.

Speaking in the RDS Arena, Jennings said: "(Retiring) has been on my mind for a while to be honest. The last couple of weeks probably solidified my decision. It's been on my mind for a while. I've certainly taken my time to think about it, think about all the options, think about what I'm probably going to leave behind.

"There's a number of reasons. My body is battered and bruised, but thankfully it's not too bad. I've kind of been preparing myself over the last number of years with IRUPA through educational programmes and mentor programmes, and I've got a lot of assistance and a lot of help over the last few years to prepare myself for this. I'm very grateful that I'm going out on my terms.

"I'm very grateful that I've been part of such a great club, such a great team. It's been good times. But thankfully I'm confident I've made the right decision. I'm prepared, and I'm looking forward to the next stage of my life."

Matt O'Connor was alongside Jennings at the media briefing and had this to say about his time working with the St Mary's man: "It's been a pleasure to work with him over the last two season. I don't think think there's been a bigger contributor to the success of the organisation over the last few years."

Shane has made over 200 appearances for Leinster in 11 season with the province, scoring 21 tries.

In that time he has won three Heineken Cups, three Celtic League titles and an Amlin Challenge Cup.

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