D’Arcy to retire after World Cup

Published: Friday 1st May 2015 by The News Editor

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Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy has announced that he will retire from professional rugby after the World Cup later this year.

D’Arcy, 35, posted an open letter revealing the decision on Leinster’s official website.

The Leinster star has won 81 Ireland caps, scoring seven tries, while he also toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand in 2005 and South Africa four years later.

D’Arcy helped Ireland win a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and the Six Nations title last season.

During the majority of his international career he forged an outstanding midfield partnership with Brian O’Driscoll, a player that D’Arcy will now follow into retirement once the World Cup is done and dusted.

D’Arcy, meanwhile, has made 260 Leinster appearances since being handed a debut in September 1998, with his provincial career being highlighted by Heineken Cup final triumphs in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

In his letter, D’Arcy said: “Had the result in Marseille nearly two weeks ago gone our way (Leinster were beaten 25-20 by European Champions Cup semi-final opponents Toulon), this week could have been a lot different.

“But unfortunately it isn’t, so I am taking this opportunity to announce that I will be retiring from professional rugby at the end of October.

“It is a decision that I have not come to lightly, but one that sits very easily with me and indeed with my wife, Aoife, and we are confident that I am making the decision for the right reasons.

“My decision has always been that I would leave at this time – after the Rugby World Cup 2015 – and I would like to thank Leinster Rugby and the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) for their support in facilitating this process, which began last summer.

“I am so proud, fortunate and honoured to have represented my province and country for 17 seasons, but I am leaving on my terms, which is how everyone would wish to end their professional rugby careers.

“It is still hard for me to get my head around the fact that I will not be pulling a jersey on again after October.

“While the blue of Leinster and the green of Ireland stand out for most people, nothing would have been possible without the solid foundations built on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Wexford Wanderers, then nurtured in Clongowes and of course in later years in Lansdowne.

“Throughout it all, I have been honoured to have played with an array of talented players, be coached by great coaches and to have played for the best supporters in the world.”

Published: Friday 1st May 2015 by The News Editor

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