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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 occupation 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, 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 instances for Ireland between 2009 and 2019 and represented the British and Irish Lions on two excursions, in 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, 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 verify that I’ve made up our minds to retire from enjoying skilled rugby on the finish of the season.

“I’ve had an improbable occupation and am grateful for each and every 2nd of my time at Leinster, Ireland, London Irish and the British & Irish Lions. 

“As a 20-year-old, I fulfilled my youth dream by means of pulling at the Leinster jersey, and once I made my debut towards 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 cross to Colin McEntee for his ‘big brother’ means once I joined the academy. 

“I think fortunate to have skilled such a lot of superb highlights over the process my occupation.

“At a global stage, I think privileged to have gained 56 caps for Ireland. 

“I gave the whole thing I may be able to give, and I will be able to at all times glance again with nice satisfaction at each and every time I pulled at the Irish jersey to constitute my nation, my county, my buddies, and circle of relatives.

“I think very lucky to have had the occupation I’ve had however none of it will were conceivable with out the enhance of such a lot of other people.

“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 and every game in my space which gave me the publicity to all varieties of game. 

“They have been the very best function fashions who taught me not to be frightened of onerous paintings, which indisputably helped me growth my occupation and I will’t thank them sufficient.

“I used to be fortunate to play along some nice gamers and underneath some sensible managers and coaches throughout my time at Tullow, Leinster, Ireland, London Irish and the Lions and I wish to thank each and every one among them. 

“I might additionally love to thank the backroom team of workers at every of the ones golf equipment, all of them confirmed me improbable enhance throughout my time with them.

“I wish to say a distinct thanks to a few individuals who believed in me early on in my occupation, who’re unfortunately not with us. 

“Jim Kealy (Tullow RFC) and David Wilkie (Edenderry RFC) at all times mentioned the correct factor to me and gave me path when wanted.

“Away from rugby, I think fortunate to have had the sort of shut staff of buddies that I’ve at all times been in a position to rely and depend on all the way through the process my occupation. 

“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 staring at manner the arena to me.

“There continues 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 and every minute I am getting at the pitch and stay up for serving to the staff anywhere I will.

“I’m fascinated by the longer term 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.”

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