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Leinster's Girvan Dempsey to retire after this season

Girvan Dempsey
Girvan Dempsey has won 82 Ireland caps

Leinster full-back Girvan Dempsey has announced that he will retire at the end of this season.

Dempsey has won 82 Ireland caps and is in line to make his 175th appearance for Leinster in Sunday's Magners League game against Edinburgh.

The Terenure man made his Ireland debut in 1998 and his career includes a crucial try against England in 2004 which helped secure the Triple Crown.

Dempsey has been a steady presence for both Leinster and Ireland.

He made his Leinster debut 14 years ago and has scored 32 tries for the Irish province.

Dempsey, who is now 34, notched 19 international tries.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Sexton has been included in the Leinster squad for Sunday's Magners League clash.

Sexton has been out of action for over a month because of a broken jaw and was not deemed fit enough to play in Saturday's Heineken Cup defeat by Toulouse, despite being named in the initial squad.

Shane Jennings is ruled out after suffering an ankle injury in the European tie.


Leinster squad: Leo Cullen, John Fogarty, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Nathan Hines, Stephen Keogh, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O'Brien, Malcolm O'Kelly, Mike Ross, Rhys Ruddock, Dominic Ryan, Richardt Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Stan Wright, Shaun Berne, Gordon D'Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Shane Horgan, Rob Kearney, Simon Keogh, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa, Paul O'Donohoe, Brian O'Driscoll, Eoin O'Malley, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton



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