Full-back Girvan Dempsey has confirmed he is set to retire from rugby at the end of the season.
The 34-year old has been a stalwart in the Leinster side since making his debut in 1996 and is set to make his 175th appearance for the club in Sunday’s Magners League clash with Edinburgh.
Dempsey has also been a firm fixture in the Ireland squad since scoring two tries on his debut against Georgia in 1998.
He has scored another 17 tries in his subsequent 81 Ireland caps, playing in the Triple Crown-winning sides of 2004, 2005 and 2007 as well as the World Cup teams in 2003 and 2007.
And former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan admits Dempsey is a perfect role model for aspiring international players in Ireland.
“When I selected Girvan for his first under-21 cap back in 1996, I knew he was destined to represent Ireland at the highest level,” said O’Sullivan.
“He’s always been held in high esteem by his fellow professionals and remains an outstanding role model for any young aspiring player.”