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Leinster legend Gordon D'Arcy got a rousing reception at the RDS

Gordon D’Arcy and Shane Jennings have earned the respect of the Leinster faithful.

ON WHAT MIGHT prove to have been his final home appearance for Leinster, Gordon D’Arcy received a superb reception from the RDS crowd this evening.

Gordon D'Arcy leaves the RDS pitch for the final time Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The 35-year-old was a second-half replacement and was greeted loudly by the Leinser faithful, who were also invited to show their appreciation for the veteran centre post-match.

D’Arcy has announced that he will retire at the end of October, though he hopes to play in the World Cup for Ireland in the opening months of next season. If he fails to make Joe Schmidt’s squad, he may well play again for Leinster at home.

For now, fans at the Dublin venue showed their respect for a legend of the game.

Gordon D'Arcy with his mum Peggy D'Arcy with his mother, Peggy. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Gordon D'Arcy with his dad John and mum Peggy And his father, John. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Gordon D'Arcy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Gordon D'Arcy comes on Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

There was also hearty applause for Leinster hero Shane Jennings at half time, the flanker having confirmed he will retire at the season’s end. Unfortunately, the former Leicester Tiger is currently struggling with the effects of concussion and missed out on playing this evening.

Shane Jennings says goodbye to Leinster Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Shane Jennings says goodbye to Leinster Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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