Following on from Pundit Arena’s EXCLUSIVE report that Eoin Reddan was on the verge of announcing his retirement from professional rugby, the Leinster scrum-half has today officially stated to the media that he is to hang up the boots following Ireland’s test series clincher with the Springboks this weekend.
With the signing of Kiwi scrum half Jamison Gibson-Park at Leinster and what with increasing speculation linking Reddan with a move to English outfit Worcester Warriors, Reddan’s playing future came under an intensified media glare. However with no contract forthcoming with either club and now at the not so tender age of 35, the Limerick man has decided to call it time on what has been an illustrious career.
In a career that spanned over fifteen years Reddan has played for some of Europe’s elite clubs, amassing an impressive list of accolades in the process. Trophy laden spells at clubs such as Wasps and Leinster have lead to Reddan picking up three European cups, an English premiership title, two Pro12 trophies and a European Challenge Cup.
On the international stage, while somewhat below in the pecking order behind the likes of Conor Murray, Tomas O’Leary and Peter Stringer, Reddan has still amounted 70 caps for Ireland since making his debut in 2006 against France, securing two 6 Nations titles in the process as well as appearing for Ireland at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups.
Speaking in the wake of his announcement Reddan had to say: (via the42.ie)
“I have been privileged to be part of so many successful teams over the course of my career,” said Reddan of his retirement.
“To win European and domestic honours with both Wasps and Leinster has been fantastic and to taste Six 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.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has paid tribute to Reddan following his announcement in the build up to Saturday’s test with the Springboks: (via irishtimes.com)
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Eoin for the last six years, he’s been a part of the leadership group through those six years either in Leinster or in the Irish set-up, the brings a real intelligence to the game and a real competitive edge as well. I think his ability to get the basics there right have allowed him to be incredibly efficient as a scrum-half and that’s what you want when you’re in a pivotal position like that and his intelligence around the game, his ability to be driving the forwards, respected by the forwards has been really beneficial.
“”incredible”It’s something that the teams around him have benefited from for the six years that I’ve been involved with him and obviously prior to that, where he had real success with Wasps and with Ireland before I was involved.”