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Published: 12:40 | 23/6/16

Reddan to retire

Eoin Reddan is to retire from professional after Saturday's third and final Test between Ireland and South Africa.

Reddan began his career at Old Crescent RFC and went on to represent Munster at Schools and U19s level before leaving the province for COnnacht in 2001.

After two years at Connacht he returned to Munster and made 27 appearances for the Reds, but departed once again to join London Wasps two years later.

During his time in England, Reddan made 125 appearances for Wasps and won a Heineken Cup and Guinness Premiership title. He returned to Ireland ahead of the 2009-10 season in order to join Leinster.

In total he played 140 games for Leinster and played a key role in helping the province to two Heineken Cup successes, an Amlin Challenge Cup and two PRO12 titles.

At international level, he made his debut against France in February 2006 and went on to win a further 70 caps for his country. He could win his 71st cap this weekend against the Springboks.

"I have been privileged to be part of so many successful teams over the course of my career," Reddan said on the ocassion of his retirement.

"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 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.

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

"I am grateful to Leinster and the IRFU for supporting my decision to take up this opportunity.

"I'd like to thank my wife Aoife for all her support over the years. Whether it was moving to Wasps or keeping Evie, Tom and everything else running so smoothly while I've been away for long periods, she has been amazing.

"My parents Geraldine and Don had a massive influence on everything about me from a young age up until today.

"Don has barely missed a minute of my career in 15 years. My brothers Donal, Diarmuid, Alan and Cian have been behind me every step of the way and have travelled the world to support me.

"I've been blown away by all their efforts and I realise how much it helped me to stay motivated and to keep on pushing as hard as I could until the very end.

"There are so many players, coaches, conditioners, physios and management that I have worked with that have become great friends. I'd like to thank them all as these people helped me on and off the pitch right throughout the ups and downs of my rugby career.

"I'd also like to thank the group friends I've had since I was 13 years old. Particularly in the early years they were very good at picking me up or dragging me back down to earth with a bang. I am looking forward to having some weekends to catch up with them.

"Finally I'd like to finish by thanking everyone who supported me and the teams I have played in. It was humbling to experience that level of support whether it be on the best days or the toughest and I will never forget it."

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