He didn't get a chance to say goodbye to Leinster fans up close and personal as he would have wished, but Rob Kearney is ready to embark on a new chapter in his life after calling time on a trophy-laden career with the province. 

Kearney, who made his Leinster debut in 2005, failed to feature in the Champions Cup loss to Saracens, with Jordan Larmour getting the nod over the 34-year-old at full-back.

The UCD alumnus helped Leinster to four Champions Cup successes, six Pro14 titles and a Challenge Cup during his illustrious career. 

His stellar displays in 2012 saw him scoop the European Player of the Year accolade, while at international level, he amassed 95 Ireland caps and featured in two Grand Slam-winning sides. 

The former British & Irish Lion marked his retirement with a touching letter to supporters on Leinster's official website, where he wrote: "You never get to write the script, but if I could, it would go as far as a packed RDS or Aviva in front of thousands of Leinster and Irish rugby supporters where I would have had the opportunity to thank you all.

"The Leinster and Ireland supporters' role in this journey has been special and running out in front of full stadia is what gives the greatest buzz and we have all missed that over the last few months and you appreciate it all the more now playing in empty arenas."

He added: "Losing to Saracens brought my time in a Leinster jersey and by extension an Irish jersey to an end. I spoke to the players in the dressing room after the game and I spoke about living a dream because that is what I have done.

"I have lived the dream of every five-year-old boy or girl out there that dreams of pulling on a Leinster jersey, an Ireland jersey, a Lions jersey."