Former Ireland scrum-half O'Leary retires

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Former Ireland scrum-half Tomas O'Leary has announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 33.

O'Leary was a member of the Ireland side which won the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and lifted the European Cup twice during the first of his two spells with Munster.

The pivot also enjoyed three years with London Irish before returning to Munster and spent a loan spell with Montpellier last season, but has now called time on his career.

O'Leary, who won 24 caps for his country, said: "I have had an incredible career, from my academy days in Munster to my last game in Montpellier, all of which have been extremely satisfying.

"I have realised my ambition of representing Munster and Ireland. Wearing the red and green jerseys has been a real honour.

"Highlights that stand out are the two Heineken Cup victories with Munster and winning the Grand Slam in 2009 with Ireland. However, the most fulfilling experience is the unique bond and friendships I experienced through rugby.

"This camaraderie is what I will miss the most. For this, I would like to thank all of the team-mates I have had the pleasure of playing with throughout my career."