Leinster have confirmed that utility back Isa Nacewa will retire from the game at the end of the season due to family reasons.
The 30-year-old has made 116 appearances and accumulated 375 points in all competitions for the Irish province to date.
In 2011 Nacewa was named both the Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association (IRUPA) and Leinster Player of the Year, as well as being chosen as full-back on the ‘PRO12 Dream Team’ for 2011 and was shortlised for the ERC European Player of the Year.
Leinster expect to announce news of a new signing in the coming weeks.
Commenting on the news, Leinster coach Joe Schmidt said: “I’ve known Isa for a number of years. He’s universally respected due to the quality of his character, his athleticism, skill and commitment.
“He has been great value for us, not just on the field where he has provided a string of highlights but off the field also, where he has contributed enormously to the development of the players around him.”
“He’s hugely popular amongst supporters and hopefully they will enjoy a few more outstanding performances from Isa in the coming weeks.”
- Planet Rugby