D’Arcy to retire after World Cup

Date published: May 1 2015

Ireland and Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy has announced that he will retire from rugby after the World Cup later this year.

The 35-year-old will continue until October, and hope to be part of Ireland's squad at the showpiece event later this year.

Having fallen behind Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne, he is no longer first choice for Joe Schmidt's side however he should still make the 31-man squad.

D'Arcy won 81 international caps, while also going on two Lions tours. For Leinster he won three Heineken Cups and four Celtic League titles.

He has signed a four-month extension with the IRFU and wrote a letter explaining his decision:

"Had the result in Marseille nearly two weeks ago gone our way, this week could have been a lot different but unfortunately it isn't so I am taking this opportunity to announce that I will be retiring from professional rugby at the end of October," he said.

"It is a decision that I have not come to lightly but one that sits very easily with me and indeed with my wife, Aoife, and we are confident that I am making the decision for the right reasons.

"My decision has always been that I would leave at this time – after the Rugby World Cup 2015 – and I would like to thank Leinster Rugby and the IRFU for their support in facilitating this process which began last summer. I am so proud, fortunate and honoured to have represented my province and country for 17 seasons but I am leaving on my terms which is how everyone would wish to end their professional rugby careers.
"It has always been an honour to represent my country. I hope to continue that over the coming months and help to achieve something with this very special group of players and staff at the Rugby World Cup.
"In an ideal world I would have loved to have been bowing out after a Champions Cup Final and who knows maybe even a PRO12 Final, but unfortunately as players we have not achieved the targets that we set ourselves at the start of the season, in particular in the league. That's life. And that's sport at the very highest level."