London Irish can verify Seán O’Brien is ready to retire from rugby on the finish of the 2021/22 season.
The back-row ahead will deliver a storied 14-year profession to a conclusion this summer time after two-and-a-half years with the Exiles.
O’Brien spent 11 seasons together with his house province of Leinster, successful 4 Pro12/ Pro14 league titles, 4 Heineken Cup/ Champions Cup honours and an Amlin Challenge Cup, while additionally incomes the ERC European Player of the Year accolade in 2011.
He was once capped 56 occasions for Ireland between 2009 and 2019 and represented the British and Irish Lions on two excursions, at the beginning to Australia in 2013 after which to New Zealand in 2017.
O’Brien joined London Irish in December 2019 and has performed an integral part throughout 3 a success seasons in west London, turning into a fan favorite among the Exile Nation.
On his determination to retire, O’Brien mentioned: “After a lot deliberation and session with my friends and family, I will verify that I’ve made up our minds to retire from taking part in skilled rugby on the finish of the season.
“I’ve had an implausible profession and am grateful for each 2d of my time at Leinster, Ireland, London Irish and the British & Irish Lions.
“As a 20-year-old, I fulfilled my adolescence dream through pulling at the Leinster jersey, and once I made my debut towards Cardiff Blues in 2008, I by no means imagined what would then apply over the following 14 years.
“A different point out should pass to Colin McEntee for his ‘big brother’ way once I joined the academy.
“I think fortunate to have skilled such a lot of glorious highlights over the process my profession.
“At a world degree, I think privileged to have gained 56 caps for Ireland.
“I gave the whole thing I might be able to give, and I will be able to all the time glance again with nice pleasure at each time I pulled at the Irish jersey to constitute my nation, my county, my pals, and circle of relatives.
“I think very lucky to have had the profession I’ve had however none of it could had been conceivable with out the enhance of such a lot of other people.
“Firstly, I want to thank my Mam and Dad for taking me to Ballon Rathoe Community Games after which Tullow RFC when I used to be 8 years outdated.
“They took me to each game in my space which gave me the publicity to all varieties of game.
“They had been the easiest position fashions who taught me not to be frightened of arduous paintings, which for sure helped me growth my profession and I will’t thank them sufficient.
“I used to be fortunate to play along some nice avid gamers and beneath some good managers and coaches right through my time at Tullow, Leinster, Ireland, London Irish and the Lions and I want to thank each certainly one of them.
“I might additionally love to thank the backroom body of workers at each and every of the ones golf equipment, all of them confirmed me improbable enhance right through my time with them.
“I want to say a distinct thanks to a few individuals who believed in me early on in my profession, who’re unfortunately not with us.
“Jim Kealy (Tullow RFC) and David Wilkie (Edenderry RFC) all the time stated the appropriate factor to me and gave me route when wanted.
“Away from rugby, I think fortunate to have had this kind of shut staff of pals that I’ve all the time been ready to rely and depend on all through the process my profession.
“Thanks to all of you, particularly James Foley and Daniel Davey.
“Finally, crucial thanks is reserved for my circle of relatives.
“I will’t thank my Mum, Dad and brothers (Stephen and William) sisters (Caroline and Alex) sufficient for his or her unconditional enhance over time.
“It has intended the whole thing to me and to have 6 nephews observing way the arena to me.
“There continues to be a large number of rugby to be performed this season ahead of the time comes to hold up my boots, and I’m totally considering giving my all within the London Irish jersey till then.
“I’m going to take in each minute I am getting at the pitch and stay up for serving to the workforce anywhere I will.
“I’m eager about the long run and really feel I nonetheless have so much to supply the sport, in no matter capability that can be.
“I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.”