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Fergus McFadden has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

McFadden scored 10 tries in his 34 Ireland appearances. In his 13 year Leinster career he played 184 games to date, famously replacing Brian O'Driscoll when the great man retired.

The Kildare native has scored 29 tries but also kicked 46 conversions, 68 penalties and got a drop-goal against Cardiff back in 2011.

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Speaking to the Leinster Rugby website, McFadden acknowledged all those that had played a part in his career to date, while also thanking the Leinster Rugby supporters.

“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.

"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.

“To the players, there are too many for me to name individually right now but all I can say is that it has been an honour to play and work alongside such incredibly talented and professional people.

"The friendships and memories I have made are ones I will cherish for the rest of my life – not to mention the many laughs we had along the way!

“To the Leinster fans…I don’t think you could ask for better supporters. Your constant support and encouragement was felt throughout – not only there to celebrate the highs but also to support through the lows.

“To my wife Rebecca, my son Freddy, my parents, my friends and family, thanks for being there every step of the way.”

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