Marcus Horan has announced that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season.

The Munster prop is the most-capped in the club’s history, having racked up 224 appearances, while he also earned 67 caps for Ireland, scoring six tries.

Horan’s first competitive appearance at club level came against Leinster in 1999, while he also made his international debut in the same year during the Tour to the United States. The 35-year-old was a mainstay in the Grand Slam-winning side of 2009, starting every game for his country. His role in Munster’s two Heinekein Cup successes were the highlights of his club career.

Horan relayed the news officially after training with the Munster squad in Cork, and revealed: “It was a tough decision to make, no question of that. But I’m happy giving the options presented to me, that it was the right one for me and my family.

“I’ve enjoyed my career no end and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. To that end, I’d like to thank all those involved for helping me along the way, be it at club, provincial or international level.

“But I couldn’t have achieved what I did without the support of my family and I am grateful to them beyond words. I’m looking forward now to being able to spend a bit more time with them.

“Talking about support, I have to mention the marvellous Munster supporters, whose unwavering loyalty down the years was another huge factor in making my career so memorable.”