Leinster have announced today that Isa Nacewa and Richardt Strauss will retire at the end of the season.
Nacewa has been capped 182 times by the eastern province since making his debut in September 2008 and it would be a fitting end to the Leinster legend’s career if he can help lift the Champions Cup trophy in Bilbao in less than three weeks time. That would be his fourth Heineken/Champions Cup medal along with winning a Challenge Cup medal and a PRO12 title.
Strauss, who has represented Ireland on 17 occasions also has had a glittered career with Leinster which yielded two Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and two PRO12 titles.
The club have also announced that Cathal Marsh and Peadar Timmins will also be leaving the club at the end of the season which brings the number up to six alongside Jamie Heaslip who recently retired and Jordi Murphy who is off to Ulster.
“It is hard to articulate the impact that both Isa and Richardt have had on this club since their arrival,” head coach Leo Cullen said.
“Warriors on the pitch and wonderful men off it, they are, in my opinion, two of the best players to have ever worn the blue jersey. Their impact on this group of players will be felt for years to come.
“We will also say goodbye this evening to Peadar and Cathal who have come through the Leinster pathway and are two great examples of that route and the success that can be had if you apply yourself in the right way. I wish them all the very best of luck in their future endeavours.”
Cullen is looking forward to giving the players a proper send-off with Leinster battling on both fronts when it comes to silverware.
“It’s a difficult one because obviously you don’t want to get distracted with so much rugby still left to be played this season but it is important that we formally recognise the impact that these six players have had on the club.
“I think this evening at the Awards Ball in front of their teammates, their family and close friends is the perfect time to do that but once that is done, I know they will want everyone to focus on finishing the season as strongly as possible and I think for them and for the rest of us there is no better way of finishing out the season or your time at the club than that.”
Leinster Rugby – Departees 2017/18:
1. Jamie Heaslip, 12 British & Irish Lions Caps, 95 Ireland Caps, 229 Leinster Caps, 30 Tries
2. Cathal Marsh, 26 Leinster Caps, 2 Tries
3. Jordi Murphy, 20 Ireland Caps, 104 Leinster Caps, 17 Tries
4. Isa Nacewa, 1 Fiji Cap, 182 Leinster Caps, 47 Tries
5. Richardt Strauss, 17 Ireland Caps, 154 Leinster Caps, 12 Tries
6. Peadar Timmins, 12 Leinster Caps