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D'Arcy will retire after World Cup
01 May 2015 10:10
Gordon D'Arcy will retire from professional rugby at the end of October.
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D'Arcy confirmed his decision this morning, having signed a four-month IRFU contract that runs until the end of the World Cup.
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He said: "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.
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"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 is still hard for me to get my head around the fact that I will not be pulling a jersey on again after October.
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"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.
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"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."
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Concluding, D'Arcy said he believes Leinster can improve next season and reflecting on his career, he said: "I have loved every moment of it."
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The Leinster star has won 81 Ireland caps, scoring seven tries, while he also toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand in 2005 and South Africa four years later.
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