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Isa Nacewa To Retire At The End Of The Season

Isa Nacewa To Retire At The End Of The Season
By PJ Browne Updated
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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that both Isa Nacewa and Richardt Strauss will retire at the end of the season.

35-year-old Leinster captain Nacewa has played 182 for the province since initially joining nearly ten years ago. The New Zealand-born back gas won three Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and the Pro12.

Nacewa, who has filled in at various positions during his time with Leinster, started on the wing for the weekend's Champions Cup semi-final victory against Scarlets.

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It is the second time Nacewa has retired from rugby. He called time on his career in 2013 only to be convinced to return to Leinster two years later.

32-year-old hooker Strauss, also an Ireland international with 17 caps, made his debut for Leinster in 2010.

"It is hard to articulate the impact that both Isa and Richardt have had on this club since their arrival," said Cullen.

Warriors on the pitch and wonderful men off it, they are, in my opinion, two of the best players to have ever worn the blue jersey. Their impact on this group of players will be felt for years to come.

We will also say goodbye this evening to Peadar and Cathal who have come through the Leinster pathway and are two great examples of that route and the success that can be had if you apply yourself in the right way. I wish them all the very best of luck in their future endeavours.

Cullen also confirmed that Cathal Marsh and Peadar Timmins will depart Leinster.

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