Published: 09:21 | 16/4/21

Fardy to retire at end of season


Leinster second row Scott Fardy is set to retire from professional rugby at the end of the current campaign.

The 36-year-old Australian international lock and back row forward joined the RDS outfit in 2017 and has since helped the province to four PRO14 and one Champions Cup titles. 

A firm favourite with the RDS faithful, he has made 76 appearances and is widely regarded as one of Irish rugby's finest ever imports.

Before joining Leinster he played 39 times for the Wallabies and featured in their 2015 World Cup campaign where they made it all the way to the final.

“I’ve loved every minute of this adventure, not only the last few years with Leinster but all of it and of course there is still a lot of rugby to be played this season,” said Fardy.

“We are still on a high after the weekend and we’ve a massive few weeks ahead and that is our focus right now.

“We’ve a week off at the moment and then we’ll begin our build up with a game against Munster Rugby and then the massive challenge of facing La Rochelle away in France.

“There will be time to sit back, reflect and to thank the clubs and the people that have played a part in my playing career when the season is done and maybe even in person.

“It’s been a hard year for everyone in society and playing without our fans has been difficult but hopefully off the back of Monday’s news, I might be able to say thank you and goodbye at the RDS in front of our supporters which would be special.

“Until then all my energy and focus is on finishing the season strongly with Leinster.”

Leinster head coach Leo Culen paid tribute to Fardy's contribution over the past four years.

“Scott leaves a formidable legacy behind him at the club,” he said. 

“He has been a key figure in the team’s recent success and has been an invaluable member of the leadership group during his time here.

“Fards is a great competitor on the field, but he also brings great enjoyment and fun to the entire squad throughout our lengthy season when the team is constantly changing, particularly with international players away and younger players stepping up in their absence.

“I’m sure lots of Leinster supporters will remember his performance in Bilbao when he was still straining every last fibre deep into injury time to try to block down Remi Tales' late drop-goal attempt. But there have been so many other moments where he has shown a real physical edge and winning mentality across a brilliant four years.

“We wish Scott, Penelope and their two boys, August and Walker, all the very best with their return home safe in the knowledge that they have friends here for life at Leinster.

“We very much hope to see them back at sometime in the future at a packed RDS Arena so that the Leinster faithful can show their appreciation and give them a proper blue wave goodbye.”

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