Ireland international Fergus McFadden to retire at end of season

Fergus McFadden has played 34 Tests for Ireland
Fergus McFadden has played 34 Tests for Ireland

Ireland international Fergus McFadden has confirmed that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the ongoing season.

The 33-year-old has been with Leinster since his professional rugby debut that came in 2007 and went on to play 184 times for the side scoring 29 tries and also enjoyed three Champions Cup titles with the Irish side.

McFadden's international career with Ireland started in February 2011 and since then has played 34 Tests scoring 10 tries. He also featured in a solitary Test for Ireland during their 2011 World Cup campaign but havent played for them since the 2018 Six Nations campaign.

"They say the best time to leave a party is when you’re still having fun so the time has come for me to announce my retirement from the end of the season," he told the official website of the club.

It’s hard to put into words what a privilege it has been to have had such a long career playing for the team I grew up supporting and pulling on a green jersey to play for my country. It has been a dream come true.

“So, reflecting on what made this all possible, I would like to thank all the Leinster Rugby staff, Leo Cullen, the wider management team, medics, physios, strength & conditioning coaches, backroom staff and our legendary bagman Johnny O’Hagan. Leinster’s incredible success over many years has been as a result of the contributions of the entire team both on and off the field.


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