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Saturday 21 October 2017

Leinster hero Eoin forced to retire at 25

LEINSTER rugby star Eoin O'Malley has been forced to retire aged 25.

Tributes poured in for the centre yesterday after he confirmed a knee injury had prematurely ended his career.

The Dubliner appeared 54 times for Leinster, including seven times in the Heineken Cup. He had been tipped by many as the long-term replacement for Brian O'Driscoll.

DEVASTATED

"It is obviously an incredibly tough reality that I am still trying to come to terms with. After exhausting all options I am devastated to be retiring from the game," he said.

Leinster team manager Guy Easterby was first to pay tribute to O'Malley.

"Not only is he a superb player with a huge amount of talent, he is also a great bloke who is well respected by both his fellow players and all the staff here at Leinster Rugby," he said.

Brian O'Driscoll described the forced retirement as "absolutely brutal".

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