Devin Toner, former Ireland second-row player and Leinster record capper, will retire at the end of the season, the 36-year-old said on Monday, drawing the curtain on a 16-year career.
Toner has 70 caps for Ireland and most recently played at the 2020 Six Nations, a tournament he won three times including the Grand Slam in 2018. However, he was left out of the 2019 World Cup squad.
With Leinster, the 2.08m (6ft 11in) lure won four European Rugby Champions Cup titles, one Challenge Cup title and seven league titles, making 276 appearances since his debut in 2006.
“I suppose there’s never a right time and you’d love to keep playing, but I’m very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had and I can do the sport I love and the club I love love, leave good health and on my own terms,” Toner said in a statement
“I’ve been at the club long enough to understand that not everyone is so lucky and I think now is the time to focus on the next chapter,” he said, adding that he want to spend more time with his family.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said Toner had had an “immense influence” on the club and Irish rugby.
“To have played almost 350 games for your club and country and to have been part of so many successes is a testament to Devin’s dedication and consistency in his preparation,” he said.
“And more recently Devin has been a great mentor to some of Leinster’s younger players.”
Irish Lock Toner Retires at End of Season – SABC News
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