London Irish can ascertain Seán O’Brien is about 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 season after two-and-a-half years with the Exiles.
O’Brien spent 11 seasons together with his house province of Leinster, profitable 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 used to be capped 56 instances for Ireland between 2009 and 2019 and represented the British and Irish Lions on two excursions, initially to Australia in 2013 after which to New Zealand in 2017.
O’Brien joined London Irish in December 2019 and has performed an essential component throughout 3 a hit seasons in west London, changing into a fan favorite among the Exile Nation.
On his resolution to retire, O’Brien mentioned: “After a lot deliberation and session with my friends and family, I will be able to ascertain that I’ve made up our minds to retire from taking part in skilled rugby on the finish of the season.
“I’ve had a fantastic 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 formative years dream via pulling at the Leinster jersey, and after I made my debut in opposition to Cardiff Blues in 2008, I by no means imagined what would then practice over the following 14 years.
“A distinct point out will have to pass to Colin McEntee for his ‘big brother’ manner after I joined the academy.
“I believe fortunate to have skilled such a lot of glorious highlights over the process my profession.
“At a global degree, I believe privileged to have received 56 caps for Ireland.
“I gave the whole thing I might be able to give, and I can at all times glance again with nice pleasure at each time I pulled at the Irish jersey to constitute my nation, my county, my buddies, and circle of relatives.
“I believe very lucky to have had the profession I’ve had however none of it might were conceivable with out the give a boost to of such a lot of other folks.
“Firstly, I wish 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 previous.
“They took me to each game in my space which gave me the publicity to all kinds of game.
“They had been the easiest position fashions who taught me not to be petrified of onerous paintings, which for sure helped me development my profession and I will be able to’t thank them sufficient.
“I used to be fortunate to play along some nice gamers and underneath some sensible managers and coaches all through my time at Tullow, Leinster, Ireland, London Irish and the Lions and I wish to thank each one among them.
“I’d additionally love to thank the backroom personnel at every of the ones golf equipment, all of them confirmed me improbable give a boost to all through my time with them.
“I wish to say a unique thanks to a couple individuals who believed in me early on in my profession, who’re unfortunately now not with us.
“Jim Kealy (Tullow RFC) and David Wilkie (Edenderry RFC) at all times mentioned the correct factor to me and gave me route when wanted.
“Away from rugby, I believe fortunate to have had the sort of shut team of buddies that I’ve at all times been in a position to rely and depend on during the process my profession.
“Thanks to all of you, particularly James Foley and Daniel Davey.
“Finally, an important thanks is reserved for my circle of relatives.
“I will be able to’t thank my Mum, Dad and brothers (Stephen and William) sisters (Caroline and Alex) sufficient for his or her unconditional give a boost to over time.
“It has supposed the whole thing to me and to have 6 nephews observing way the arena to me.
“There remains to be a large number of rugby to be performed this season sooner than the time comes to hold up my boots, and I’m absolutely fascinated by giving my all within the London Irish jersey till then.
“I’m going to absorb each minute I am getting at the pitch and stay up for serving to the crew anywhere I will be able to.
“I’m serious 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.”