Eoin Reddan announces his retirement from rugby

The scrum-half has played 70 times for Ireland

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Reddan captained Ireland against Georgia in 2014. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan has retired from professional rugby.

The 35-year-old Limerick native began his professional career at Connacht, before spells with Munster, London Wasps and Leinster. He has played 70 times for Ireland and captained the team against Georgia in 2014. His final game may come against South Africa this weekend.

Reddan had a successful club career. He won Heineken Cups with both London Wasps and Leinster. His last game at club level was the Pro12 Final defeat to Connacht last month.

In a statement released on the IRFU website, Reddan revealed he is to leave to sport to take up a job in the aviation finance sector.

"I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that professional rugby has provided over the course of my career but feel that now is the right time to commit to the next chapter of my life and take on a new challenge."

"There are so many players, coaches, conditioners, physios and management that I have worked with that have become great friends. I'd like to thank them all as these people helped me on and off the pitch right throughout the ups and downs of my rugby career."

Reddan played in three World Cups for Ireland earning 11 appearances. He also ended his international career with two Six Nations title in 2014 and 2015.