Monday 16 December 2019

One of Irish rugby's most decorated legends will retire after Ireland's third test against South Africa

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

A stalwart of Irish rugby will hang up his boots this weekend after Eoin Reddan announced his retirement after 70 international caps and a 15-year club career.

The 35-year-old scrum-half will leave the sport with a highly decorated CV that includes two Six Nations titles, three Heineken Cup wins, two Pro12 crowns and an Aviva Premiership medal.

Reddan represented Ireland at three World Cups (2007, 2011 and 2015) after making his debut away to France in the Six Nations in 2006.

Upon his retirement, he will take up a role in aviation finance.

He started his professional career with Connacht in 2001, playing out west for two years before joining his home province of Munster.

The Limerick native departed in 2005 to play for Wasps in the Premiership, where his career took off during a four-year spell in London.

He returned to Ireland in 2009 as a top international, playing seven seasons with Leinster before today's retirement announcement.

"I have been privileged to be part of so many successful teams over the course of my career," Reddan said in a statement on the IRFU website.

"To win European and domestic honours with both Wasps and Leinster has been fantastic and to taste 6 Nations success with Ireland over the past three seasons has been incredible.

"I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that professional rugby has provided over the course of my career but feel that now is the right time to commit to the next chapter of my life and take on a new challenge.

"I have a fantastic opportunity in a dynamic industry that will bring a new set of challenges and opportunities for myself and my family."

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