Ireland's Reddan to retire after Bok swansong

2016-06-23 15:21
Eoin Reddan (Gallo)

Dublin - Ireland and Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan announced his retirement from rugby on Thursday with the curtain falling on his glittering career in the series-deciding third test against South Africa at the weekend.

The 35-year-old, who will be earning his 71st cap in Port Elizabeth, started his career with Connacht and Munster before joining Wasps in 2005.

He won the European Cup and a Premiership title in 125 appearances with the English club before signing for Leinster at the start of the 2009/10 season.

He helped Leinster to two European Cup titles, a Challenge Cup and two PRO12 titles, in 140 appearances for the Irish province.

In his ten-year senior international career with Ireland, Reddan has played in three World Cups and was a member of the Six Nations winning teams in 2014 and 2015.

"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," said Reddan, who will work in the aviation finance sector on his retirement.

"I have been privileged to be part of so many successful teams over the course of my career.

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

Ireland won 26-20 in Cape Town and a dramatic last-quarter comeback earned South Africa a series-levelling 32-26 triumph in Johannesburg.

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