Dan Sheridan/INPHO
serial winner

Cullen pays tribute to 'immense', 'brilliant athlete' Reddan ahead of final bow

‘When he came off the bench, you could feel the intensity going up,’ says Keith Earls.

LEINSTER COACH LEO Cullen has hailed the ‘unique’ achievements of Eoin Reddan after the scrum-half confirmed he will retire after Saturday’s third Test against South Africa.

The pair spent the early part of their careers on opposing sides — with Leinster and Munster, then Leicester and Wasps — before Reddan followed Cullen back to Ireland and helped bring two more Heineken Cups to his adopted province.

“Eoin has been a key figure for Leinster Rugby,” Cullen said in a statement on the club website today.

His contribution over the years to the success of the team both on-field, and off-field in his role with the leadership group, has been immense and he leaves a lasting impression on all those that were lucky enough to work with him on a daily basis.”

Cullen didn’t need to point much further than the nine medals Reddan had earned (for winning three Heineken Cups, two Six Nations, two Pro12s, a Premiership and a Challenge Cup) to illustrate the impact the impact the 35-year-old has had on four different teams.

“What he achieved over his whole career representing four clubs and the trophies he won with Wasps, Leinster and Ireland is unique. He was a brilliant athlete and he achieved a huge amount at the very highest level. Hopefully he can finish on a high this weekend which would be a great way to end it all.

Rugby Union - Heineken Cup - Final - Leicester Tigers v London Wasps - Twickenham Reddan scores the opening try in the 2007 Heineken Cup final. EMPICS Sport EMPICS Sport

“Eoin will definitely be missed but also the wider Reddan family and his dad Don in particular who rarely missed a Leinster away trip and was always a huge supporter of Eoin and of this team.

“We wish Eoin well in the next chapter of his life and thank him sincerely for his contribution to Leinster.”

Leo Cullen, Eoin Reddan and Neil Best Way back when: Cullen and Reddan under the posts during the 2007 summer tour of Argentina. Billy Stickland / INPHO Billy Stickland / INPHO / INPHO

On the other side of the equator, Ireland wing Keith Earls was also paying homage to his fellow Limerick man.

“He had a phenomenal workrate. He was always pushing others to get to the standards that he played with and played in.

At times, when he came off the bench, you could feel the intensity going up and that’s what he brings.

“He just gives it everything. You could see at times when he’s sucking diesel but he’s so experienced, even when he’s sucking diesel he can get the basics done really well and get a backline going.”

The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!

‘There will be something new from the Irish’: Boks expect to see much more of Ireland’s attacking threat

Schmidt ‘utterly confident’ Ireland have the energy to end long season with series win

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.